An Unusual Pair of 20 Bore English Queen Ann Flintlock Turn-Off Pistols by Freeman, London, circa 1730
With three stage cannon barrels moulded at the muzzle, engraved separate tangs, rounded actions engraved with foliage, inscribed London on the breeches and signed beneath, stamped with London proof marks. Cocks, actions and frizzens with engraved borders. Figured walnut butts carved with a leaf design around the tangs, more of a continental rather then an English feature, which leads one to speculate that perhaps these pistols were a special order, or intended for a foreign buyer. Silver mounts comprising openwork side-plate, grotesque mask butt cap and escutcheon with owner's crest. Trigger guards with en-suite border engraving and trophy of arms.
Barrels: 7" Overall: 12"
Condition: Breeches exhibit light patination, one stock with a soundly repaired crack.