A MOST UNUSUAL ENGLISH ANTIQUE PERCUSSION PISTOL BY BENTLEY AND SONS LIVERPOOL.
A most unusual English percussion pistol. The brass frame is beautifully engraved with floral designs. The percussion action is unusual as it is on the underside of the barrel rather than on the top, just in front of the trigger and they actually looks like a pair of triggers, pulling the first trigger back reveals the fitting for the percussion cap and it also cocks the pistols trigger into the firing position. Blued steel barrel engraved, BENTLEY & SON LIVERPOOL.The handle of the pistol is beautifully chequered and it is fitted with a blank silver escutcheon. A most unusual early Victorian percussion pistol, a very strange design / patent that i imagine was not very successful. [Condition: Exc++]