The originals on which this dueling pair is based were manufactured in England during the mid-1700s. These quality non-firing replicas feature richly engraved barrels, flint mechanisms and trim, with ornamental plating on the wood grips. The weight and substantial heft of the pistols for steady aim and the long barrel for greater accuracy is typical of fine dueling pistols from this period.
Original matched sets can sell for $20,000 or more - but you can own this completely authentic replica set for a tiny fraction of that price. Order today, and add this beautiful set to your collection. Great for re-enactors and living history actors, too!
HISTORY: Before the advent of dueling pistols, affairs of honor were fought with swords. Fortune favored the more skilled and agile swordsman, but even a bad swordsman could by chance land a crippling or lethal blow.
Pistols were a great equalizer in the matter of duels, as they were to later become on the battlefield or in man-to-man encounters of the Old West. It took much less time to master the skills of firing a pistol than to become proficient at fencing. While marksmanship was, of course, important for success in pistol dueling, skill was of less importance with pistols at twenty paces than it was in an up-close-and-personal combat with swords, and speed mattered not at all, as combatants either fired pre-primed and loaded pistols in turn, or together at an agreed signal. Once pistols became the weapon of choice in most duels, fatalities declined accordingly, though many injuries were still inflicted. In many cases, tempers had cooled enough by the time the duel actually took place that only token shots, not intended to strike their targets, were exchanged and honor was satisfied.