Cased Pair of Flintlock Officer's Pistols by Palmer of  Rochester circa 1820

Finely figured walnut stocks, checkered butts, vacant silver escutcheons, horn fore-end caps, and equipped with belt hooks.  Octagonal browned twist barrels, captive ramrods, patent breeches, platinum touch-holes, breeches struck with a poincon "Palmer Rochester".  Flat case-hardened lock plates, engraved with a leaf border and trophies of arms, inscribed "Palmer".Blued and engraved trigger guards with pineapple finials.  Mahogany green baize lined case with flush-fitting carrying handle and with some accessories, comprising of copper flask, wad cutter, cleaning rod, jags and brush. 

Caliber .67 , Barrels:  6 3/4"   , Overall:  13"  ,  Case:  15 5/8"  X  8 1/2"  X  3 1/8"

Condition:  It would be most difficult to improve upon these pistols as they are virtually in "as new" condition.  Case with some stress cracks to the lid.                           
Provenance:  Benyon Kent, Esq.  (1779-1856) of Tatefield Hall, Yorkshire. Clay P. Bedford Collection, exhibited in the The Metropolitan Museum Of Art,illustrated in "Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland", item #38,  published by The Metropolitan Museum Of  Art  1971.

Price:   $25,000-