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Lot 3374: A pair of luxury percussion pistols with shoulder stock, Crause in Herzberg, dated 1819
27 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Round barrels of browned wrapped Damascus steel (partially somewhat pitted) with twelve-groove rifled bores in 15 mm calibre. Gold inlaid signature "Crause in Herzberg" at the breeches. Later snails with gold inlaid bands and "Tanner" signature. Finely engraved tangs with folding rear sights. Excellently converted locks, the engraved lock plates with repeated signature. Dolphin cocks with gold inlaid eyes. Half stocks of finely grained walnut wood, the buttstocks finely chequered (one pistol with small crack under the lock plate). On the side plates large vacant monogram plaques made of gold. Buttstock with finely engraved iron butts. Engraved iron furniture, the pommel caps with the maker's number "No 668" and year "1819". Original horn ramrods with iron tips. Including associated, attachable walnut shoulder stock with engraved iron mounts. Length of each pistol 40 cm, with shoulder stock 64.5 cm. Finely crafted flintlock pistols by Crause in Herzberg, which were converted around 1830/40 for a member of the Hanover-based Tanner family. Carl Philipp Crause (1778 - 1857), became court gunsmith for the Kings of Hanover in 1805 and owner of the Herzberg Rifle Factory in 1816.
Condition Report: I - II
Notes: Sammlung Hebestreit