You don't have to be a student of Kentucky Rifles or have a lot of experience in the field to see that these are a very important and beautiful pair of pistols. A collector would scream with glee just to behold a single one of these guns and the pair have already caused some rapid heart rates. From what I've read and been told by a few veterans, they shouldn't even exist, yet here they are in all their glory. The maker is well-known, highly respected for his work and featured more extensively than any other rifle-maker in Kindig's book on the subject of "Golden Age" Rifles. These two guns are nearly identical, with 6 7/8” octagon to round, cannon style barrels of 50 caliber. The guns are wonderfully balanced when held in the hand. The wood is a beautiful Tiger-striped maple and each is mounted with identical side-plates and butt-caps of brass, with 3 silver pins rising from the back of butt-plates, each smaller than the next as they ascend, possibly suggesting a flash trail of ignition. There is an absolutely distinct carving to the sides and back of each barrel tang, matching in architecture and quality of execution consisting of beautiful c-scrolls that form a triangular panel behind the tang. This panel is checkered and the treatment as a whole definitively and unquestionably matches the beautiful carving on most all rifles by this maker. The locks do not have roller frizzens and their form date the guns as originating from 1790 – 1810. They are magnificent specimens made by one of the most popular makers of the “Golden Age", virtually unrivalled in their rarity and desirability and are worthy of the finest Institutional or Personal collection. The trademark carving of the barrel tangs leaves no question in the minds of those that have examined them and the consensus opinion is that these guns are the only pistols ever discovered that are definitively made by Leonard Reedy.