Rare Cased Dumonthier Patent Percussion Two-Barrel Knife-Pistol, c. 1870
9 1/4-inch spear-point blade, marked Dumonthier Brevete, with fullers on each side
mounted between two 3 3/4-inch round barrels of approximately 10mm, cross-guard
incorporates concealed hammers, folding trigger, fluted ivory grips and german-silver butt
cap, green velour covered sheath with german-silver throat and tip; pressed-horn pistol
powder flask with german-silver mountings - horizontal charger, ball mold with integral
sprue-cutter and ramrod, german-silver oval-form capper marked BOCHE BREVETE 4, the whole
contained within a embossed Moroccan leather-bound case decorated with scrolls on lid and
the initials C. C., and lined with purple velour (now faded), and equipped with two spare
nipples and single compartment.
Condition: Very good, knife-pistol with much original polish to
blade, some staining to crossguard, dents to tip of sheath, mold with stained surfaces,
horn with repair and some worm-holes, case with faded and worn interior, the key-plate is
loose (now contained within the case's compartment). Underside of case with most of
original leather covering now lacking.
Note: Dumonthier, Paris 1870-1890. See Der Neue Stockel, p. 316.
Provenance: Herbert G. Ratner, Jr. Collection, Butterfield & Butterfield, lot 1135,
Harold L. Peterson and Robert Elman, The Great Guns, 1971, pp 156 - 57.
Estimate: $7000 - $9000
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