Sunday, October 5, 2014

Eastern Pennsylvania Kentucky Pistol

4 Cal. 8″ oct to rnd bbl. Not only was this pistol made by a significant Kentucky rifle maker, by his careful workmanship, if not evident from the exterior alone, all one needs to do is remove the lock and see that the entire interior is fully inletted for each internal part of the lock. Also the interior of the lock cavity shows the “dry” oxidation that occurs when it is unsullied by darkening agents such as oil or grease). This pistol gives the appearance of having been made in Eastern Pennsylvania, notably the Northampton/Bucks County region. The unique engraving on the trigger guard bow (and also the shape of the finial) is reminiscent of the early imported European brass hardware. The very same aspect applies to the dog (or lion) butt mask. The pleasing stylized “tulip” escutcheon for the lock-bolt screw certainly ties in with that region as well. This pistol likely was made sometime in the later part of the 18th century, judging by the shape of the panel enclosing the flat, beveled lockplate and also the panel on the reverse side. 
PROVENANCE: Collection of John Montague. 
CONDITION: The curly maple stock appears to have been re-finished at one time, but quite possibly, the orig varnish was not heavily tinted, thus giving one that first impression. Otherwise this fine pistol is in excellent condition with no significant flaws or repairs. 4-54358 SDH39 (10,000-15,000) – Lot 3389

Copy and photos supplied by James Julia Auction.

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