It’s a splendid pair of luxuriously furnished pistols!
The style is very 18th century.
The pair although very similar since one of the parts is shorter than the other.
I am unaware of the reason of it, maybe to find a place in the box?
These pistols have a round lock to the French type marked L. RAYMOND à Liege.
This last word being not very visible because of wear. The battery is with “retroussis”.
The hammers are in typical swan neck of civil arms manufacture at the 18th century, it blocked-stone is with bored ball.
The round barrels is in Damas and are decorated with gold incrustations to the thunder and around the sight.
All the accessories seem me to be out of silver like under guard, it lock in the shape of snake, the cap at the head of griffon, pass-rod etc…
The burr walnut stick is finely squared with the handle and the intersections furnished with small silver nails to the manner of Mr. BERLEUR. The stick ends in a splendid head of griffon more beautiful effect. It still comprises a part of inch in silver engraved PIGNUS which was perhaps the first owner of these weapons.
All the stick is furnished with incrustations of silver wire in volute.
L RAYMOND was unknown for me so far, it seems to have left little traces in the history if they are not the two present parts.
He appears only in the STOCKEL in a very brief way, namely which was an arms manufacturer in Liege in 1803-1805.
These dates seem to me enough late to correspond to the style of the weapons but it is obvious that he will have produced weapons well before the beginning of the 19th century.
A reader could it learn some to me more, I hope for it.
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