You don't need to be Adam Ant to feel the inclination to shout 'Stand and Deliver'. These Manton 16 bore duelling pistols pack a debonair punch
Lot 547 at the Southams sale on June 12th is a cased pair of 16 bore duelling pistols by John Manton, c.1800.
With 10 ins octagonal damascus full stocked barrels, blade foresight and broad rear V sight, gold line inlay, gold bushed vents, block engraved to barrel top, Manton London, and to lock, Manton, the tang engraved with Stand of Arms, wood ramrods with horn tips, one with steel worm, steel baluster turned ramrod pipes, plain steel lock with flat bevel edged hammers, rainproof pans, the frizzen pan with roller bearing to toe, V spring with double blob decoration to heel, floral engraved flat steel trigger guard numbered 3342, pineapple finial on pedestal, finely chequered oval section butt with wood butt cap, 15 ins overall.
Complete in fitted baize lined mahogany case with inset brass ring handle and brass shield lock escutcheon, makers trade label, John Manton, No.6 Dover Street, brass three way powder flask bound in red leather, brass mounted ebony rod with both cleaning jag and loading attachments, steel ball mould, matching compartments for ball, complete with key, 17,7/8 x 8,3/4 x 3 ins. Estimate £15000 – £20000.