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A VERY GOOD & EARLY CASED PAIR OF CONTINENTAL PERCUSSION TARGET PISTOLS, ca. 1850: Octagonal .41 caliber, 10 ˝", Damascus, sighted, key-fastened, barrels with floral scroll engraved tangs and blued "patent-type breeches". Full-sidelock percussion locks of early form with flat etched hammers and matching lockplates engraved with a fine, gold-wash-accented (worn), vine scroll and acanthus leaf pattern. Chased and engraved steel mounts-- en suite with the locks: sculpted & engraved flat butt-plates, single side-bolt escutcheons and the trigger-guards with long finger-spurs and finely chased finials. Molded and carved, dark-colored ebonized walnut half stocks with basket-weave-carved grips, finely carved bulbous-type butts and relief-carved fore-end tips. In overall very good+ condition. The barrels with smooth surfaces having a distinct Damascus-twist pattern, original browned finish (45%+), some light wear and fine engraving. Good mechanics, the locks with sharp detail to the engravings and original percussion nipples: one pistol will not hold on “cocked” positions. The mounts en suite with generally smooth surfaces, some age patina, wear, light pitting and staining. The stocks with sharp carving, tight metal-to-wood fit, 75%+ finish and some light scattered handling marks, abrasions and signs of use/wear. Overall length 17". Cased in their original, French-Fitted, Rosewood-veneered case -- with its original, green & gold colored, velvet velour liner. Very good interior with some light wear, expected fading, minor tears and signs of use/age, to the interior. Retains all of its accessories (each form-fitted to the case). A Silvered (50%), floral-scroll-embossed copper powder flask, an iron bullet mold with a sprue cutter, two ebonized ball-starters/ramrods (each with a brass jag), an ebonized wooden mallet (some minor dents from use), a combination nipple-wrench/screw-driver with a polygonal handle, a silvered powder-funnel, steel patch-cutter, a silver oiler-bottle and an adjustable graduated powder-measure. Fine accessories with light signs of use/wear. The bottom right and left corners fitted with their original velvet lids with turned ebony pulls-- the compartments contain several original lead balls and a key to the case’s exterior lock (the lock in functional order). The exterior of the case with the expected signs of wear, handling and repair: a repair, along the top edge of the lid, several repaired stress-cracks, some minor slivered losses, light abrasions and retains nicely figured dark surfaces with 85% finish. The lid-top with its brass escutcheon with an owner inscribed base and its bale-type carrying handle. A very nice Complete and Original, Early, "French-Fitted" Cased Pair of Fine Quality Continental (French/Belgian) Percussion Target Pistols, ca. 1850. Case Measures 18 1/2” x 11” x 3”.