These cased sets were common to
the gentry of both England and America. Silver mounted sets were a
sign of wealth and status. When traveling these would be carried in
holsters or saddle buckets across the front of the saddle. Smaller
versions were more often carried in coat pockets. Sets like these
were most often imports from London or Birmingham and were the
culmination of 20 or 30 specialists each doing a small portion of
the work. Cased sets usually came with cleaning and loading
accessories fitted in the case.
This set is pretty much the base set. No carving,
no inlays and minimal engraving. Everything but the barrels,
locks and case hardware were made in my shop. These are brass mounted in figured
English walnut. The barrels are 10" swamped and are .50 caliber
rifled. The case is mahogany. Included is a two piece rosewood
cleaning rod with jag, bullet mold, leather covered flask, turn
screw (screw driver) and oil bottle.
Cased pistols prices start at $10,000 for a
plain pair. A set as pictured below would run $10,000 with the
upgraded wood for the stocks.