A good pair of 50 bore Austrian percussion duelling pistols
A good pair of 50 bore Austrian percussion duelling pistols by Contriner of Vienna, c 1825, converted from flintlock. The heavy swamped octagonal ribbon twist barrels are signed Contriner, and retain much original browning, and are deeply cut with 12 groove rifling (comprising 4 groups of 3 grooves). The bores are bright, and the barrels are fitted with open and single leaf rearsights, the barrel tangs are numbered 1 and 2 respectively. The walnut halfstocks have chequered grips and carved butts. The colour hardened lockplates are engraved In Wien with floral and foliate ornament. The detented actions are also fitted with adjustable set hair triggers. The engraved colour hardened and blued furniture includes foliate finialled trigger guards with finger spurs. This is a crisp pair of pistols retaining nearly all their original finish.
Barrel length 9½” (24cms) Overall length 15” (38cms)
The Contriner family of gunmakers in Vienna were particularly famous for their air rifles