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Wilkinson, London
StÝckel: James Wilkinson & Son, circa 1820 - 1845, then changed to Henry Wilkinson & Son,


label inside box


James Wilkinson & Son cased pair of identified percussion pistols

caliber .56, 4" smooth bore octagon barrels are each engraved on top flat WILKINSON LONDON. The frames and barrel breeches of these pistols feature fine relief floral scroll engraving as do hammers, trigger guards and butt cap. The iron butt caps each have hinged compartments. The pistols feature fire blued belt clips, swivel ramrods and sliding safeties. The barrels both retain a gray-brown patina with subtle twist pattern visible. The frames are mostly a smooth gray patina blending with traces of faded original color case hardened finish. The finely checkered grips bear rectangular silver monogram plates each of which is engraved with the face of a large feline. The grip on each of the pistols is near excellent with just a couple light bruises. The raised thumb tab on one of the sliding safeties is broken. The pistols are housed in their original walnut display case with excellent maker's label and green baize lining. Accessories include an unmarked brass three compartment flask, ebony handled nipple wrench, original key along with some cast balls. The condition of the case and label is excellent. Top of the case bears a brass escutcheon with rotating carry handle which is engraved HENRY H. STEVENSON ESQre / 79th CAMERON HIGHLANDERS. Henry Halford Stevenson rose through the ranks of Ensign, Lieutenant, Captain and Brevet Major during the Crimean War. He was present at the battles of Alma and Balaclava as well as the Siege of Sebastopol. He also served in the Indian campaign and was present as the Siege and Fall of Lucknow and was awarded several medals during his service. A fine set of percussion pistols with interesting ties to the "79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders".    sold

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