Here we have a pair of Circa 1809 French design replica duelling Flintlock pistols they would have been manufactured in matching pairs to only be used in a duel. They were often flint lock single shot or percussion black powder pistols which fired a lead ball. They were made in identical pairs to put the duellists on an even footing they would have been pre-loaded and would have been checked at the beginning of the duel by an independent adjudicator to confirm they were both identical. The duel was based upon a code of honour, they were fought not so much to kill the opponent as to gain “satisfaction”, that is to restore ones honour by demonstrating a willingness to risk ones life for it. Usually reserved for the male members of nobility. However in the modern ere, it extended to those of the upper classes. From the early 17th centenary duels were made legal but they still continued for many many decades after to settle disputes and restore ones honour. Beautifully handcrafted with elm wood and ornamented with steel and a solid brass barrel.
Material: Steel, hard wood and brass