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A cased pair of gentleman’s percussion pistols by S. W. Berry of Woodbridge – circa 1845 and all completely original. Everything a gentleman would need; percussion caps, powder flask, mould for making lead shot … and none of it ever used.
Even the label inside the lid of the case is original and apparently this is rare. We know it’s original because it is embossed – copies are not.
The amount of detail in the engraving is incredible. Pretty things, aren’t they?
After my two 17th century swords – one cavalry and one naval – pistols seemed a logical step. For those who don’t recall the swords, here they are.
On the EXTRAS page today, a visit to the London Pantheon.
Among various notable events which took place there, the most bizarre is probably the exhibition of Lunardi’s balloon – shown fully inflated inside the Pantheon shortly after his 1784 successful 50 mile flight.