Lot 1093

A pair of pellet target pistols, Joseph Contriner, Vienna, circa 1840

Fine Antique and Modern Firearms | A94s | Live auction | 119 Lots


The elongated, octagonal barrels in 11 mm calibre, slightly swamped at the muzzle. The bores slightly rough with good rifling, dovetailed front sights and signatures on the tops of the barrels, gold-inlaid marks on each of the patent breechblocks, the tangs numbered and lightly engraved, fitted with both a fixed and a folding rear sight. The pellet locks delicately engraved with tendrils and trophies, both with containers to store and ignite the pellets; these would close automatically by cocking the hammer. Several pellets can be loaded through the front spring-mounted lid. Adjustable set triggers in oversized trigger guards. Beautifully grained half stocks with fine chequering and iron furniture. One trigger guard repaired, a small tension crack around one lock screw. Length of each 47 cm. An attractive pair of pistols with an interesting technical system, expertly reworked.

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