A pair of early 19th century percussion duelling pistols, by Joseph Manton, London, No 6241 for 1814, the 24cm half stock octagonal barrels stamped Joseph Manton Patent in a platinum rectangular recess and inlaid with platinum transverse lines, foliate engraved hammers and locks, signed, trigger guard engraved with trophies, horn tipped ram rods, chequered walnut bag shaped grips, 38cm overall Originally flintlock the guns were converted by Manton in the 19th century to his trade mark flat hammers. Joseph Manton was one of the finest English gunmakers of his era and was responsible for a number of important advances in gun design. He was born, son of John and Mary Manton in Lincolnshire, apprenticed to Newton of Grantham and later to his elder brother John at 6, Dover Street, Mayfair, 1780-1789 before setting up on his own, marrying Mary Ann Aitken in 1792 and having a family of nine children. He worked from Davies Street, Berkeley Square, and attracted some important patrons including the sportsman Peter Hawker, who wrote his epitaph. His firm became insolvent twice, in 1826 and 1828, Manton being imprisoned on the latter occasion for a year for debt. He died in 1835. . Condition Report: Both suffering from slight oxidisation along the right side.
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