A Beautiful Small Pair from Liege
An extremely well-presented percussion pocket pair.
These percussion pistols were much sought after in the mid 19th centuury as personal protection pieces before the advent of revolvers. For the most part, they carried on a style tradition established by English and European gunmakers from the late 16th century, evolving mainly technically through the flintlock to percussion era.
Ours are of polished and engraved steel with short turn-off barrels of 11mm calibre and concealed triggers. The percussion locks, which are stamped with Liege proof marks, are in boxlock style and the receiver is set in burled European walnut which has been shellac coated to produce a beautiful polished look that enhances the walnut’s grain pattern.
They are an outstanding example of the personal protection genre and as a pair, uncommon to find in this condition. Having resided in European collections for over 150 years, they would make an excellent complement to the collector’s portfolio.