CRANSTON, R.I. – Highly collectible 18th- and 19th-century pistols from England and the United States will dominate the list of expected top lots in Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ 320-lot online-only Historic Arms & Militaria auction, slated for Saturday, December 10 and beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time. It will be the first major winter auction event for Bruneau & Co. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A pair of British Jover flintlock pistols from circa the 1770s, each with an 8 ¼in-long barrel and an overall length of 14 ½in, are estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The .62 bore pistols, with walnut stocks and engraved brass butt caps, are marked “Jover” in script on the lock plates and the steel barrels are marked on the top of each, “London,” also in script.
A circa-1770s British officer’s fusil (flintlock musket) and bayonet by Sharp, marked on the top “Sharp London” with proof marks on the left side of the breech, a lock plate engraved with a patterned border and “Sharp” in the front of the cock, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The .72 bore musket features a walnut stock with raised carved shell pattern close to the barrel tang.
A pair of English silver and brass mounted flintlock pistols from around 1760, both 13in in length including the barrel, are estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The steel locks are marked “Elston” and the top of the barrels are marked “London.” The .66 bore weapons have walnut stocks with scallop shell-type aprons around the barrel tangs and silver grotesque mask butt caps.
A George W. Tryon martial flintlock pistol, made in the U.S. sometime between 1815 and 1830, 14 ¾in long (including its 9 ¼in barrel) has an estimate of $2,000-$2,500. The .65 bore pistol has a walnut stock, an engraved brass butt cap and trigger guard, brass ramrod pipes and a flat lock plate marked “Tryon” in front of the cock. It’s also marked “Tryon/Philadelphia” on the breech.
A circa-1840 American-made .36 caliber Morrill, Mossman & Blair-type Elgin cutlass pistol carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The pistol has no serial numbers or markings, but does boast a walnut bag-type grip, a dark blue-black care colored boxlock with long curved tangs and a large clip-point blade with trigger guard.
A cased Imperial protector ring pistol, French or Belgian, 2mm, having a German silver ring marked “Imperial Protector” with engraved designs, bears an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. The gun has a blue band around the ring and a blued seven-shot cylinder. It comes in its original blue Morocco-covered case with blue velvet lining, three original cartridges and a screwdriver.
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