Category Firearms & Military
Auction Currency USD
Start Price 5,000.00 USD
Estimated at 10,000.00 - 15,000.00 USD
METAL PERECUSSION PISTOLS BY J. BEATTIE OF LONDON. Cal. 48. (pr.). NSN (pr.). These very well made and showy pistols have 6 3/8" blued barrels with octagonal breech sections that transition to round at centers and then again to twelve sided toward muzzles. Front and rear portions have silver inlaid wire scroll, central portions are engraved with open scroll. Barrels have separate patent breeches that are well filed but do not have blow out plugs. Front spring locks are fitted with chamfered flat faced serpentine hammers and are engraved with sprays of scroll within geometric borders. "J.Beattie" "London" is on each lockplate. Heavy cased white metal frames are silver plated and have flared butts with caps inset with cairngorms. Frames are fitted with steel belt hooks on left sides and heavy relief cast trigger guards in acanthus form. Frames are near fully engraved with very well cut large open shaded scroll with some geometric and floral borders and accents. Silver ovals are at tops of grips and at centers of trigger guard bows. Turned steel ramrods mount through single beaded pipes. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: pistols are housed in an olive wood veneered mahogany case with key lock closure which is lined in burgundy velvet. Top of case has inlet brass rectangle with cut corners engraved "A. CRAWFORD". Case contains two tins in covered compartments; one for percussion caps, the other for grease. CONDITION: fine. Barrels retaining most of their original blue, thinning, browning and flaking overall. Traces of case hardening color are on locks. Frames show a hint of base metal through their heavy silver plated finish and present a very pleasing bold appearance. Bores show some pitting, mechanically fine. Case is good with marks. (01-21913 (2)/MGM). ANTIQUE. $10,000-15,000.