GOLD INLAID French Antique ALBERT BERNARD Marked .52 Caliber DUELING Pistol
ENGRAVED Percussion Pistol with Octagonal Barrel
Here we present an antique Engraved and Gold Inlaid Albert Bernard Marked Dueling Pistol in .52 Caliber, made circa 1840-1850 in Paris, France. This purpose-built dueler has many of the attributes that one would desire in a refined target pistol, including a good barrel-mounted front sight, a finger spur on the trigger guard, and a low bore axis. This one has “—ALBERT BERNARD / PARIS—” marked in gold on the top flat. The bore is .52 caliber with fine rifling. The numeral “1” is also present and it is almost certain that its mate was number “2”, I’m sure long lost over the years.
Duels in the European tradition were fought as a matter of honor or to settle personal grudges. The practice is at least as old as the Middle Ages when duels were fought with swords. Duels in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries would see the rise of the pistol in settling these matters and strict rules were made surrounding the practice. Pistols were carefully and identically loaded, and each duelist was offered his choice of the indistinguishable loaded pistols. As duels were generally fought at short distances which were paced out, typically 35 to 45 feet between stationary opponents.
The overall condition is good. Original patina. Strong action. The bore is in good shape for its age and contains nice rifling. There are a few stable repairs to the grip, overall remaining in good shape. Lightly engraved. Legible markings.
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Barrel is 10 inches.
Caliber: .52 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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