Live Auction

The April 2023 Auctions: Day 2

Fri, Apr 14, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 1222

Alexander Wilson, London, Cased Percussion Cap Pistols, C. 1830s, Approx. .50 Cal., L 8" Barrels

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$30 $10
$100 $25
$400 $50
$900 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$150,000 $10,000
A pair of Alexander Wilson percussion cap pistols. Contained in their original fitted storage case that bears the Alexander Wilson, London, paper label. Case size: H 2 1/2", W 16 5/8", D 8 3/4". Case contains a bullet mold marked "No. 19 G.M.", an Eley Bros percussion cap container (no caps) and two maintenance tools. The two pistols have Damascus smooth-bore barrels marked "Wilson London" at the tops. The locks are engraved with scrolling floral designs and are marked "Wilson". Hammers are engraved in a dolphin-form. Swivel ramrods and engraved trigger guards. Walnut stocks with checkered grips. Notch rear sights with bead front sights. Provenance: Purchased in the 19th century by a member of the Gape family of New England. Passed down through multiple generations to the current family member.


Original finish, a few scuffs and gouges to the stocks. Some pitting and surface rusting to the barrels and locks. Old chip and loss to the end of the stock of one pistol. Actions function on both pistols. Some scuffing and corrosion to the storage box. | Please note all lots show signs of wear commensurate with age and use, and the lack of a statement regarding condition does not imply the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from defects or the effects of aging. Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of DuMouchelles' specialists. Should you have any specific questions regarding the condition of this lot, please use the ìRequest Condition Reportî or ìAsk a Questionî buttons or email conditions@dumoart.com.