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Case - Pair of Pistols, Rigby, Dublin, Flintlock Conversion, circa 1800 Object Reg. No: ST 021876

Pair of percussion pistols, duelling. Made by William & John Rigby, Dublin, circa 1800. Converted from flintlock to percussion about 1825.
Cal. .500 in. Converted from flintlock. Heavy octagonal damascus twist barrel 225 mm. long. Ramrod pipe under the barrel side hammer with safety bolt. Hair trigger, spur guard with pineapple extension. Mounted blade foresight, u- notch in tang for backsight. Lock mount and plate finely engraved. Wooden stock with steel butt cap, chequered grip and silver crest plate. Wooden ramrod. Length overall 360 mm.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 65 mm (Height), 490 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: pistols british
Themes this item is part of: William Cole Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952), Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Barrels marked "Rigby Dublin". Individual marks are "DU- 2956", "2479" and "DU- 2957", "2480".

Crest plate marked with a nags head over "JH" [nag's head is the crest of Hamilton, Lord Belhaven & Stenton].
Model Name/Number: (Duelling)
Maker: William & John Rigby (Gunsmiths), Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, circa 1800
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Leslie Martin Posted on 08 Feb 2011 7:58 AM
Hi, I am a collector of Irish Antique pistols. Fot your information, this pair of Rigbys was built in 1822 (I'm afraid you may have misread the second set of figures - they have got to be 5479 & 5480) Their description in the Rigby Register is 'Pair of saw-handled duelling pistols with damascus barrela and hair triggers' 'Sold to a J. Hamilton for 28 Pounds 8 shillings & 6 pence'. If I am wrong re numbers,I apologise: could you please let me know? ? Do they still have the 'Saw' handles? Thanks

Best wishes - nice to see a lot of Irish guns in Australia! I see this includes an O/U Kavanagh : a particularily highly rated model among Irish collectors.

Leslie Martin
Steve Oxley Posted on 25 Sep 2013 11:35 AM
I would very much like to know some particulars of the "Rigby Register" in Mr. Martin's comment.

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