These are from a gun collection (part of an estate) with which I am helping a friend. Basically, I am trying to establish a fair market value / asking price for each item. That whole story is in another thread, if you are interested:
These pistols may be the most problematic of all the items in the collection. They are a matched pair of percussion cap dueling pistols, and I am afraid they are out of my collector/enthusiast league. They were decribed to me by the owner's family as:
As you can see from the pictures below, they are in excellent condition, in a fitted box (less-than-excellent condition - needs restoration) with various accessories/accoutrements. The label inside the box's lid has an English hunting scene and contains the following text:
If anyone has a source of information where I could find out more about the history and value of this set, please let me know. I fear my only option with these may be to have them professionally appraised.
Yup, go with a professional appraisal.
I posted a reply to your Ruby query, another time my dad was in France or Spain, can't recall, and a buddy picked up a boxed set for a song, turned out to be traceable and verifiably owned by Napoleon Bonaparte.
Don't mess with these, you don't want your friends seeing something on the news about somebody buying these for a song.