Fine cased pair of French Presentation percussion pistols by Geerinckx of Paris.
The octagonal barrels fluted along the angles and rifled, foliate scroll engraved breeches, the tangs each with blued rear sights, the lock-plates, hammers and mountings are elaborately inlaid in heavy gold scrolls and floral design in two tones of gold. The barrels are marked on the top 'Geerinckx suc'r de Gauvain a Paris'. Geerinckx had a workshop at 69, Rue de Grenelle, St Germain, Paris.
The ebony stocks are carved all over in a triangle design and have ornate gold-mounted pommels and spur trigger guards. The guns are in as new unfired condition as are the accessories of ebony cleaning rod, ebony ramrod, ebony loading mallet, ebony turn-screw, steel powder measure, steel bullet mould, 3 round ebony caps and accessory boxes.
The case is of rosewood and lined with purple velvet. The inside lining of the top is decorated in large gold design and lettering that reads 'Maison Gauvain Geerinckx arquebusier Fournisseur Du Ministere des Affaires Etrangers A Paris'. Top of the case is inlaid with two brass lines and an elaborate gold plaque in the centre is engraved in French which translated reads 'Presented by the government of the French Republic to Colonel. H.T. Siborne, Delegate of his Britannic Majesty to the European Commission of the Danube January 1879'.
The French government wanted to decorate Col. Siborne for his services, but since the etiquette of the service required permission from the British government, and there would be a delay, the pair of pistols were awarded instead.
The pistols have 26cm barrels, 42cm overall. The case is 46cm x 28cm x 8cm
In its outer green leather carrying case (carrying case is distressed and is not illustrated)
Sold with typewritten 'Statutory Declaration' hand-dated 10th December 1926, hand signed by W. H. Siborne, son of the Colonel, and by the Commissioner of Alberta, Canada, detailing the military provenance of the pistols and their recipient, list of contents, inheritance by Col. Siborne's son, and their sale to a Mr Henry Brace of Edmonton, Alberta in October 1926. Ref 4036.
This is an obsolete antique pistol and is sold as a collectors item only.
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