Cased Presentation Pair of LePage Single-Shot Percussion Pistols

French. A matching brace of pistols with accessories and case presented by Prince Ferdinand Philippe d'Orleans as a prize for marksmanship in March 1837 to a son of the Napoleonic General Pierre Andre Hercule Berlier upon his graduation from the St. Cyr military academy.
.50 caliber, 9" octagonal Damascus pattern barrels with micro rifling, patent breech, fixed sights, engraved on the breech and tang. Back action locks with floral engraving on the plates, hammers and screw heads, maker marked "FNI PAR LEPAGE / A PARIS." Single set triggers; actions in good working order. Burl grained fruitwood stock with a raised carved clamshell forearm cap, checkered empire butt with ebony cap and engraved conical iron pommel; floral engraved iron triggerguards have finger rests.
The pistols are held in a 17.25" x 10.25" x 3" rosewood case, hinged top with an inlaid fruitwood border and brass presentation plate engraved "Prix donne / par le Prince Royal / Mars 1837," a significant age crack crosses the full length. Interior lined in purple velvet, now aging to brown, and fitted for the pistols and accessories. These include two wooden rammers with ball-shaped horn tips, a square head rosewood mallet, brass and copper powder flask with fluted body and push-button valve, adjustable brass and rosewood powder measure, steel bullet mold retaining
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