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Dueling Pistols

On the morning of July 11, 1804, at the Heights of Weehawken in New Jersey, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury General Alexander Hamilton was fatally wounded in a pistol duel with U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr. It was neither the first nor the last such tragedy. Dueling pistols were once the preferred method for resolving conflicts and affairs of honor by men of supreme courage and foolishness.

Beautifully hand-crafted and handsomely stored away in custom-designed cases for moments of extreme decision, the first dueling pistols appeared in the 1760s with flintlock mechanisms. Today, 18th and 19th century pistols for dueling are considered to be some of the finest examples of firearms from the period. Marked by superb craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, antique dueling pistols seduce buyers with a combination of exceptional quality and romantic history that is difficult to match.

The ultimate symbols of honor, few antique pieces are the source of as much fascination and intrigue as these specialized handguns. Dueling pistols are collected passionately by firearms enthusiasts and history buffs.


Quick Facts

  • The pistols used in the Hamilton and Burr duel are currently displayed on the client dining floor at the New York City headquarters of JPMorgan Chase, the successor of Burr's Manhattan Company bank
  • The .58-caliber pistols used in California's last public gun duel, a 1859 shootout between State Supreme Court Justice David S. Terry and U.S. Senator David C. Broderick, sold at a 1998 Butterfield & Butterfield auction for $34,500
  • In 2004 at Christie's, a pair of French dueling pistols owned by Simon Bolivar, the military and political leader who helped liberate much of South America from Spanish rule, sold for a jaw-dropping $1.76 million

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A FINE CASED PAIR OF 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS SIGNED WALLACE, DUBLIN, no visible serial numbers,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
A FINE CASED PAIR OF 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS SIGNED WALLACE, DUBLIN, no visible serial numbers,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £5,000- £7,000
£8007 Bids
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PAIR OF REPLICA DUELLING PISTOLS IN CARVED WOOD AND EMBOSSED BRASS, APPROX 44 CM LONG, A/F
Jun 27, 9:00 AM AEST
PAIR OF REPLICA DUELLING PISTOLS IN CARVED WOOD AND EMBOSSED BRASS, APPROX 44 CM LONG, A/F
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD302 Bids
Cased Pair of Wogdon Flintlock Dueling Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Cased Pair of Wogdon Flintlock Dueling Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,000- $7,000
$3,5000 Bids
Case Pair of Flintlock Dueling Pistols by Collis of Oxford
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Case Pair of Flintlock Dueling Pistols by Collis of Oxford
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
WOGDON, LONDON A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK SILVER-MOUNTED DUELLING PISTOLS, no visible serial numbers,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
WOGDON, LONDON A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK SILVER-MOUNTED DUELLING PISTOLS, no visible serial numbers,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
JOHN MANTON, LONDON A GOOD CASED PAIR OF 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS, serial numbered 3256,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
JOHN MANTON, LONDON A GOOD CASED PAIR OF 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS, serial numbered 3256,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £10,000- £15,000
£10,0000 Bids
JOHN MANTON, LONDON A PAIR OF 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS, serial no's 3350,
Jul 29, 10:00 AM BST
JOHN MANTON, LONDON A PAIR OF 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOLS, serial no's 3350,
by Holts Auctioneers
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£4,0000 Bids
A CASED PAIR OF 42-BORE PERCUSSION RIFLED DUELLING OR TARGET PISTOLS BY LEPAGE,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A CASED PAIR OF 42-BORE PERCUSSION RIFLED DUELLING OR TARGET PISTOLS BY LEPAGE,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£2,8000 Bids
U.S. Historical Society Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Wogdon .54 cal. Dueling Pistol with Presentation Case
Jul 13, 10:00 AM CDT
U.S. Historical Society Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Wogdon .54 cal. Dueling Pistol with Presentation Case
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7500 Bids
FINE CASED PAIR OF FRENCH DUELING PISTOLS BY DAMAS ANGLAIS
Jun 25, 9:00 AM PDT
FINE CASED PAIR OF FRENCH DUELING PISTOLS BY DAMAS ANGLAIS
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $3,000- $3,500
$2,7000 Bids
A 32-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY WOGDON OF LONDON,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A 32-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY WOGDON OF LONDON,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £700- £900
£5000 Bids
A 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY RICHARDS,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A 22-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY RICHARDS,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £380- £420
£2600 Bids
A VERY CRISP CASED PAIR OF SCOTTISH 40-BORE PERCUSSION DUELLING PISTOLS BY ALEXANDER THOMSON OF EDINBURGH,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A VERY CRISP CASED PAIR OF SCOTTISH 40-BORE PERCUSSION DUELLING PISTOLS BY ALEXANDER THOMSON OF EDINBURGH,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £5,000- £8,000
£3,6000 Bids
Pair of French Blanchard Percussion Dueling Pistols
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Pair of French Blanchard Percussion Dueling Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2000 Bids
CASSETTE NECESSAIRE DE PISTOLETS. …
Jun 23, 2:00 PM CEST
CASSETTE NECESSAIRE DE PISTOLETS. …
by Osenat
Est: €600- €800
€6000 Bids
CASSETTE NECESSAIRE DE PISTOLETS. …
Jun 23, 2:00 PM CEST
CASSETTE NECESSAIRE DE PISTOLETS. …
by Osenat
Est: €3,000- €3,500
€3,0000 Bids
A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING OR OFFICER'S PISTOLS BY BLAIR & SUTHERLANDS,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A PAIR OF 28-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING OR OFFICER'S PISTOLS BY BLAIR & SUTHERLANDS,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £800- £1,200
£6000 Bids
A 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY STEPHENS & ALLEY OF IRISH INTEREST,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A 20-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY STEPHENS & ALLEY OF IRISH INTEREST,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £700- £900
£5000 Bids
A 42-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY BUTT OF LONDON,
Jul 03, 10:00 AM BST
A 42-BORE FLINTLOCK DUELLING PISTOL BY BUTT OF LONDON,
by Antony Cribb Ltd
Est: £700- £900
£5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Dueling Pistols


Antony Cribb Ltd

Antony Cribb Ltd

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers

Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

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