J.J. KUCHENREUTER, GERMANY
A FINE PAIR OF 36-BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER-PISTOLS WITH GILT MOUNTS, no visible serial numbers,
circa 1740, with 13in. slightly swamped iron barrels, blind moulded sighting ribs signed 'IOHANN IACOB KUCHENREUTER', three gold inlaid maker's poincons at breech, silver spider fore-sights, inlet silver scrolls and numbers for the pair at breech, the solid top-tangs fitted with a standing notch rear-sight with additional folding leaf, the tail of the tang of No1 pistol inscribed 'R', slightly curved brushed bright locks engraved with gamescenes of deer and hunting dogs, the forward section of the locks with bevel edges, the tails pointed and radiused, swan necked cocks with chisel engraving, lozenge pans and bridleless frizzens (refaced) with carved springs, highly figured walnut full-stocks with carved borders around the mounts, relief carved vine scrolls around the top-tangs and fore-ends, inlet wire scrolls to the wrists around complex moulded and relief carved escutcheons featuring further deer and hounds, gilded brass mounts all heavily carved and engraved including long side-spurred butt-caps and trigger-guard bows with integral finials, bevel-edged lower tangs and faceted pipes, set triggers, moulded horn fore-end tips and horn tipped wood ramrods
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