Exceptional Cased Pair of Westley Richards Percussion Holster Officers Pistols
Serial number: 716., Caliber: 16 Bore (Approximately 66 caliber), Barrels: 9″
This set is among the finest extant, the best to be presented for sale in many years,
outstanding aesthetic, provenance and condition. Considering the belt hooks,
no doubt for military use. We don’t know of a better pair of Westly Richards duelers!
Factory letter states that these guns were manufactured and shipped in 1852
Exceptional cased pair of officer’s pistols with belt hooks; massive 16-smooth bore
octagonal 9-inch twist barrels engraved “Westly Richards / 170 New Bond St. /
London on top flats; brass bead front sights, fixed rear sights at breech. Engraved case-
hardened patent breeches have platinum band at rear and vented platinum blowouts.
Scroll engraved locks with sliding safeties are of matched engraving and display
engraved makers name “WESTLEY RICHARDS”. Flat sided, serpentine hammers are
scroll engraved with dolphin head terminus. The serial numbered trigger guards feature
scroll-engraved bows and tails; outstanding finely grained checkered walnut stocks with
spreading stepped and engraved steel butt caps. Swivel ramrods, 4.5-inch belt hooks;
stepped and molded iron thimbles. Barrels fastened to stocks with iron keys piercing
oval silver escutcheons. Uninscribed rectangular silver thumb plates.
Fitted mahogany case featuring circular flush fitting brass carrying handle centering the
round vacant brass escutcheon; lid is secured with brass hooks, key and lock. The
interior with green baize lining is fitted with compartments; two are lidded and have
bone pulls. A large Wesley Richards label is pasted to the interior of lid. Accessories
include a signed Westly Richard’s horn handle turn screw; varnished brass 3-
compartment combination powder flask and ball magazine…two covers, threaded on
bottom, swing on top. Also, a brass and ebony loading and cleaning rod; a brass and
iron mounted cleaning rod; a 16 bore steel mold for casting balls. Within covered
compartments are found lidded japanned tins containing patches and Eley
Brothers percussion caps.
Outstanding original condition, as fine as can be expected; barrels retain virtually
all original brown twist pattern. Breeches, breech plugs, locks and butt caps retain most of
their original case colors with balance dark silver/gray patina. Accessories and case in
matching excellent condition.
( 1310-58 )