Category Firearms & Military
Auction Currency USD
Start Price 750.00 USD
Estimated at 1,500.00 - 2,500.00 USD
PISTOL BY LEOPOLD BECHER CA 1730. Cal. 54. NSN. Leopold Becher was working in Bohemia between 1725-50 and was very highly regarded. This pistol has 10 1/2" nicely filed octagon to round tapered barrel with maker's name engraved on top rib. Percussion conversion is done with well filed bolster replacing touch hole. Deeply chamfered lockplate has been fitted with flat faced percussion hammer. Pan has remnants of its faceted base. Unbridled frizzen is replaced by pivoting serpentine safety that utilizes original beautifully filed feather spring. Lockplate is very finely engraved with well cut scrolls and scene of soldier at rest with drums and arms in background. Walnut stock with birds head grip extends to muzzle with relief cast gilded brass cap and is pinned to barrel. Raised mouldings are around lock, multi-pierced sideplate, front part of trigger guard and ramrod channel. Raised carved scrolls are around barrel tang and thimble. Pistol is mounted with deep relief cast gilded brass furniture which depicts acanthus leaves in shaded background accented by helmed warrior on grip cap. Sideplate depicts male and female figures at rest. Crowned crestplate is engraved with the letter "G". CONDITION: good to very good. Iron parts show cleaning and subsequent toning to gray patina. Stock is sound and shows added oil to what may be its original finish. Gilding remains strong on furniture. Bore is lightly pitted. Lock is operable. (01-24386/MGM). ANTIQUE. $1,500-2,500.