This is a wonderful little pair of British muff pistols with screw-off barrels made by Thomas Hutchinson of London, who was a premier gunmaker of the early 1800's. Hutchinson is well noted as teaching a young James Purdy the unmaking trade that later flourished into the famed Purdy Firearms that are so popular today. Hutchinson was a fine maker in his own right, and these fine little pistols are a great example of his work. They are in their original case with all original accessories. The guns are in excellent condition but retain no finish and are in excellent working order with very finely engraved frames and dolphin head hammers. The grips are wonderful with perfect checkering and again in excellent condition. The case is also very nice but there is no key and it shows evidence that at one time, someone forced the case open and broke the twin teeth that fasten into the lock. The lid is slightly warped. If you can find a key, this can be rectified quite easily and such keys can be found at local antique shops. (Who usually carry rings upon rings of old keys). All in all, a very nice and original cased set of pistols from the early 1800's.