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Gold-Inlaid Percussion Pocket Pistols by Anton Vincent Lebeda of Prague, 1850  -

Item sold by Gregg Martin Auctions on 11/06/2006 for : 42,562.50

Lot 187

Exceptional Cased Pair of Multi-Color Gold-Inlaid Percussion Pocket Pistols by Anton Vincent Lebeda of Prague, c. 1850

3 1/4-inch octagonal etched, twist-steel barrels finished in-the-white and inlaid in two-colors of gold void-shaped panels formed along each of the barrels' eight edges with A.V. LEBEDA IN PRAG (No. 1 pistol) and A. V. LEBEDA A' PRAGUE (No. 2 pistol) and floral scrolls. The panels are highlighted by blackened backgrounds, muzzles and breeches with two-color gold arabesques; barrel tangs and stepped lockplates embellished en suite; hammer adorned with two-color gold scrollwork with perched birds. Finely checkered triggers, varnished walnut half-stocks carved at grips with floral scrollwork surrounding four panel scenes of mythological themes. The stocks are set with gold escutcheon shield-form plates surmounted by crowns and engraved with the intertwined initials W.W.; mounted with scroll-engraved triggerguards each gold-inlaid with a family crest surmounted by a crown, four-sided scalloped gripcaps bearing a checkered pattern and two-color gold scroll inlay. Horn mallet with polished German-silver loading tip, blued ball mold with polished steel sprue-cutter, horn-handled nipple wrench, pressed-horn bag flask (lever broken) with wire stitching, the whole contained within a rosewood veneered case having a waisted-rectangular shape and lined with red velour (now turned to dusty rose) and having a gilt-stamped red silk interior to lid (also fading to a dusty rose).

Condition: Excellent, case lid interior lining with some wear to surface and gilt-stamping and expected fading of silk lining's color, case lacking one compartment lid.

Note: Anton Vincent Lebeda, Prague 1797-1857. See Der Neue Stockel, p. 690.

Provenance: Warren Anderson Collection

Estimate: $25000 - $35000

Gregg Martin Auctions


Exceptional Cased Pair of Multi-Color Gold-Inlaid Percussion Pocket Pistols by Anton Vincent Lebeda of Prague, c. 1850

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