A CASED PAIR OF .650 PERCUSSION OFFICER'S PISTOLS SIGNED HUTCHINS, LONDON, no visible serial numbers,
circa 1850, with 7 3/4in. round barrels with flat sighting planes signed 'HUTCHINS, LONDON', bead fore-sights, standing notch rear-sights to the engraved top-tangs, shallow fenced snails, borderline and scroll engraved colour hardened locks signed 'HUTCHINS' on the bars, scroll engraved hammers with rear safes, walnut full-stocks with chequered bag-shaped grips, armourials engraved to the rectangular clipped-corner wrist escutcheons, plain triggers, iron furniture and captive iron ramrods, strong traces of finish and colour to both pistols and together with an expertly reproduced case lined and compartmented in blue baize, a number of added period accessories and a reproduction 'Edward Whistler' trade-label
Provenance: John Hutchins traded from 39 Union Street, Lambeth from around 1841 until moving to 44 Bloomsbury Street in 1859. He remained at this address until 1862 when he moved for a final time to 44 Frith Street, staying at this address until his retirement in 1865
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