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Lot 3176: A pair of Scottish all-metal pistols, T. Murdoch in Leith and Doune, circa 1780
27 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Round barrels fluted at the breeches with octagonal cannon muzzles. Smooth bores in 15 mm calibre. The upper sides of the barrels engraved with floral and ornamental decoration. Engraved flintlocks with signature "To. Murdoch", button triggers. Belt clasps screw-mounted on the lock side plate. Profusely engraved iron stocks with silver inlays. Unscrewable cleaning pick between the volutes of each pommel. Oval silver plates applied to the grips on both sides, the right side engraved with snake and three swords (family coat of arms?). Intricately crafted iron ramrods. Length of each 29.5 cm. Thomas Murdoch (1741 - 1791), recorded as gunsmith in Leith and Doune. Renowned for his Highland pistols, a pair of which he bestowed upon the Prince of Wales in 1790. Cf. "Der neue Stöckel", p. 846.
Condition Report: II -
Notes: Kurzwaffen Steinschloss und Perkussion