Very Fine Pair Of Lobe-Butt Scottish Flintlock Pistols by John Murdoch, Doune, Last Quarter of the 18th Century

Barrels of usual Scottish form, lock plates flat, inscribed I. Murdoch, stock of steel inlaid with transverse bands of engraved silver, remaining surfaces engraved with conventional foliage,
butts inlaid with triangles and bands of silver, button triggers of silver engraved with a rose, belt hooks with pierced finials on reverse side of pistols, elongated ramrod pipes
and original steel ramrods with discoidal finials.
John Murdoch was the last of the successful Scottish gunmakers.  Another of his pistols of this type is in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 19.53.52).
Very fine overall condition, exhibiting very little sign of use.
Provenance/Literature:   Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland From The Collection of Clay P. Bedford (Item No. 46)
Barrels:               7 3/4”
Overall:             12 3/4”
Price:              SOLD