Matched pair of J. Beattie percussion muff pistols in their original case with the original contents. Within the lid of the case is a paper label identifying and advertising J. Beattie and located at 205 Regent Street London. Circa 1848 -1863. The 13/16″ octagon screw barrels are marked J. Beattie London and have London proof marks. Each barrel has engraving around the bore. The frame of each has delicate foliate engraving. The metal finish on both pieces has a smooth patinated surface with hints of the original fire blue. The action on each is tight and the percussion hammers are fully functional and activate the concealed triggers. The nipple of each pistol has seen little use and aren’t battered. Overall length is 4 ¼’ inches.The bag grips are finely skip checkered and decorated with ranks of tiny tacks that contrast with the wood and highlight the quality. Each pistol has a blank oval german silver plaque to be engraved with initials. In this case, both are blank. The case is standard British oak with original interior compartments containing the proper mold, cast bullets, percussion caps in a period tin, a barrel wrench, cleaning rod, and a lovely german silver flask. The oiler is missing but the original key is present.
Artist or Maker: J. Beattie, Regent Street London