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Important 1799 to 1804 Cased Pair of English Flintlock Dueling Pistols by GULLEY, LONDON

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c. 1799-1804 Beautiful Cased Pair of English Flintlock Dueling Pistols, by GULLEY, LONDON, with its Original Paper Label, “Gun Maker: Joseph GULLEY - Gun Maker, 252 Oxford Street, near Park Street.” (1799-1804), Extremely Fine.

Each Pistol measures 15” long overall, with a 9 1/8” long, .67 caliber octagon steel barrel. It is secured to the stocks by (2) keys/wedges with engraved patent breeches and the top flat Engraved “LONDON” with (2) small Oval PROOF Marks stamped on the left side of breech of a small “CROWN” over “GP” (Gun makers Proof), and also a small “CROWN” over “V” (Viewed). Both barrels retain fully 95% of the Original Plum Brown finish. Highly decoratively Engraved Barrel Tangs. Both Pistols are original, and are in their original Flintlock configuration. The flat beveled steel locks with stepped tails and boarder line engraving.

Both locks have high quality frizzen springs with rollers and engraved “GULLEY” (each frizzen spring exhibits remnants fire blue colors). Each has high quality Engraved Steel Furniture, which includes the trigger guards with “Pineapple” design finials (all steel furniture retains about 75% of its original blue finish). Original Horn-tipped wood ram rods with Iron worms. Both walnut stocks are solid, with vacant Silver Oval Wrist Escutcheons, sharp edges, plain bag-shaped grips, and both have minimal trivial light scratches and dings from years of handling. Both barrels exhibit faint salt & pepper rust pitting around the touch holes. Both Pistols are in their original Flintlock configuration and are in good mechanical working order. A truly beautiful mated Pair of cased Dueling Pistols in excellent condition.

NOTE- Guns by this maker, (Joseph) “GULLEY, LONDON” are very rare.

ACCESSORIES INCLUDE- a wonderful early red leather covered 3-way powder flask, bullet mold, tow, lead balls, round bone flint container, extra flints, turn screw, ram rod/cleaning rod, and patches. (An original quill pen of the period was found under the cleaning rod.)

ORIGINAL BOX-High Quality Period English Oak box made with early flush fitting lifting handle on the top of the lid and Measures: 18” x 8.5” x 3” with its correct early English green baize lining. It is our opinion that these Pistols are 100% “Original” to this Box. The key for front lock is lacking. One of the front swing brass locking hooks is broken at its top.

ORIGINAL TRADE LABEL is complete and present, located on the inner top lid somewhat soiled and lightly frayed lining. The Paper Label Reads: “Gully, GUN MAKER, No. 252, Oxford Street, near Park Street., Will Undertake to make Guns of two Feet eight or ten Inches in the Barrel to Shoot equal to Guns of any Length without Exception.” as shown. (Cased Pair).
Lot Number: 232
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