Pair of John Manton and Son, London Percussion Dueling or Target Pistols, .63 caliber, serial number 6383, visible to trigger guard. Lockplate stamped "John Manton & Son", top of barrel near breech stamped "Manton & Son London" with the image of a crown. Octagonal barrel, European walnut stocks with checkered grips, iron mounted with scrolled foliate engravings to lockplate, right side of hammer, trigger guard, and tang, pineapple final engraving to trigger guard tang, fish engraving to hammer, octagonal German silver escutcheon with the engraved stag coat of arms inlaid to top of grip, brass bead front sight, wooden ramrods. Housed in a wooden John Manton and Son case with a paper label, wooden mallet with a brass tip and a key, hinged lid with matching coat of arms to round brass escutcheon. Barrel length: 4 1/2". Overall length: 10". Case: 3" H x 14 1/2" W x 8 1/4" D. First quarter of the 19th century.
Both pistol in overall very good condition with very light pepper pitting, good amount of blue remaining to barrels and trigger guards. Stocks with very light storage dings, light surface grime, rubbing to checkering. One ramrod with 1/4" fleabite to horn tip. Action for both pistols holds at full and half cock. No visible rifling to bores. Case with general wear, natural age shrinkage to lid of one compartment, paper label with toning, dampstaining.