Cased Pair of English Flintlock Officer's Pistols by Palmer of Rochester circa 1815

Antique English Flintlock Officers Pistols

Finely figured walnut stocks of unusual saw-handled form, checkered butts, vacant silver escutcheons, horn fore-end caps, and equipped with blued belt-hooks, octagonal browned twist barrels of .67 caliber, captive ramrods, patent breeches struck with a poincon “”Palmer Rochester”, platinum touch-holes, flat case-hardened lock-plates, engraved with leaf border and trophies of arms, inscribed “Palmer”, blued and engraved trigger guards with pineapple finials, mahogany green baize lined case with flush-fitting carrying handle and with some accessories, comprising a copper flask, wad cutter, cleaning rod, jags and brush. 
 
Barrels:  6 3/4” – 17.14  cm.    
O .A. 13” – 33 cm.
 
Condition:  It would be most difficult to improve upon these pistols as they are virtually in “as new” condition.  Case with some stress cracks to the lid.
 
Provenance: Benjamin Kent, Esq. (1779-1856) of Tatefield Hall, Yorkshire.  The Kent family were well to do farmers with interests in archaeology, focusing on Egyptian artifacts, now in The Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate. Clay P. Bedford Collection, exhibited in the The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, illustrated in “Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland”  item #38,  published by The Metropolitan Museum Of  Art  1971.
 
Price:   $19,500