Pages 238-240 from A WINTER'S JOURNEY
I know nothing more dishearteningthan this fighting and striving on through a whole stage of deep tough snow- to see horse after horse, after plunging and floundering in a manner so violent as to strain all his frame and quite unsettle his load,at last stick fast and settle in to the snow, where,until all his load is taken off, he must remain - from whence perhaps you know not where to drag him, lest he get deeper and more inextricably fixed. To see this go on, time after time, moment after moment, till your strength is gone,your spirits exhausted, and your hands useless and motionless with frost,
the wind rising and night coming on, is, I assure you, enough to raise painful and anxious thoughts in the stoutest breast. On we worked with various fortune, until at last, in a monstrous wreath that lay right across a steep pull, the whole of us stuck fast and came to a stand-still, my horse falling twice nearly buried himself and me, and became so frightened that I got off his back and began to lead him. We had cleared the greater portion of
the wreath, when the creature, piercing through the crust of old snow, plumped up to the neck, just as it happened on the brink of the steep brae-face along which we were ascending. Kicking and struggling over and away he went, dragging me after him, who
held on as long as I could by the bridle rein. Forced at last to let go, down he rolled in an avalanche, till stopped by the accumulating weight of the snow he had displaced. It was a service of no small difficulty and time to extricate the frightened animal, and I nearly lost one of my double-barrelled holster pistols, which tumbled out, and which was recovered only by the accident of a Soorajee's putting his foot upon it in the disturbed snow.
In the mean time,the foot-guides had managed to drag out the load - horses; and, this wreath passed, we hoped the worst might be over with it.
foolish hope, for we were just commencing the true ascent of the mountain, and the snow did not certainly decrease. Occasionally, indeed, where the wind had drifted it away we found a comparatively clear tract ; and the art of the guides lay in so conducting us as to keep on these bare edges; and for this purpose we left the regular path and kept further up the mountain. But we paid dearly for such intervals of ease, in the toil of passing the desperate wreaths and fields of snow between - the accumulation of what had drifted from the bare spots.
At length the horses became so exhausted,and they fell or sank so constantly into the tough old snow , while the top of the mountain was still far distant, that at one time I began seriously to think of the expediency of turning back while there was yet time, and ere the clouds that even now began to gather should break upon us in mist or snow or wind, either of which might bring matters to a tragical conclusion; but the Soorajees stil kept a good heart, and expressed their opinion firmly that if we could but reach a bare bleak-looking summit that was louring above our heads, we should in all probability get through.
Double Barrel Holster Flintlock Pistol
AN 18TH CENTURY SIDE BY SIDE DOUBLE BARREL FLINTLOCK PISTOL with crosshatch ★★★★. 15ins long.
Continental double barrel holster flintlock pistol, 17 1/2" overall, 10 1/8" barrel. Has carved wood to outline the trigger guard and lock plates. Hole in stock ★★★★ could have been where a ring was removed. The ramrod is missing. Left lock plate is missing a tension spring and jaw on the hammer. The right lock plate is complete. There is minimal decoration on the left hammer. The locks do not hold at half or full ★★★★. One of the hammers has period replacement. The lock plates match, original flint, and the stock has not been broken. Shows light pitting and poor patina. Continental, late 18th/early 19th century. Provenance: the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee, by descent in his family to current consignor.
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Antique EUROPEAN Double Barrel Flintlock Pistol
Description: Antique EUROPEAN Double Barrel Flintlock Pistol
18th Century Belt Pistol
Here we present an antique European Flintlock Double Barrel Pistol, made circa the 1700s. This pistol was made to be a weapon one would wear on the belt for self-defense. While most pistols of the day offered only one shot, this pistol gave the shooter double the firepower, with two shots of .50 caliber ball, which was quite significant, especially in that day. The stock is carved on top. The trigger guard is lightly engraved. The left barrel is fired with the front left trigger. The right barrel is fired with the rear right trigger. Each lock plate is marked “m’Velu”.
The iron parts of the gun are dark with age. The stock has been repaired, both on the pistol grip and on the underside of the gun. The left trigger is functional. The right trigger wants to lock back, but does not reliably hold ★★★★.
Barrel is 4-1/2 inches in length.