A fine single barrel Flintlock Duelling pistol made by Innes of Edinburgh. Circa 1790-1810. The 9.5 inch octagonal barrel engraved Maker to his Majesty Edin' and gold inlaid at the breech the makers name INNES. Innes had various workshops in Edinburgh 1793-1820. The lock-plate stamped with the makers name INNES. Finely chequered grip. Wooden ram-rod. Fitted with a spurred trigger guard and a set trigger. In very good overall condition. Length 14 inches. A duel is an arranged engagement in combat between two people, with matched weapons and in accordance with agreed-upon rules. Duels were fought not so much to kill the opponent as to gain satisfaction that is, to restore one's honour by demonstrating a willingness to risk one's life for it. The tradition of duelling was originally reserved for the male members of nobility however duels with pistols or swords have also been fought between women. A certain Mrs. Elphinstone expected no more than a cup of tea when she paid a social call to Lady Almeria Braddock’s London home in 1792. But the visit veered off into decidedly unladylike territory when the hostess, evidently enraged by a casual comment Mrs. Elphinstone made about her age, challenged her guest to a duel in Hyde Park. According to reports, Mrs. Elphinstone fired her pistol first, knocking Lady Braddock’s hat to the ground. The women then took up swords and Lady Braddock got her revenge by wounding her opponent in the arm. The Petticoat Duel as it came to be known, ended without further incident when Mrs. Elphinstone agreed to write a letter of apology. The safety catch has been restored, otherwise a fine honest authentic British Flintlock Duelling pistol by a renowned maker. Ref 3247.
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