Pistols Owned by English Casanova with Links to Napoleon for Auction at Bonhams

. October 14, 2011

An exceptionally rare pair of gold-inlaid 40-bore flintlock duelling pistols, estimated to sell for £40,000 to £60,000, made for Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Thornton by Joseph Manton of London in 1796 will be sold at Bonhams Antique Arms & Armour auction on November 30 at Knightsbridge.Thornton was notorious for his succession of mistresses, the first being Alicia Meynell or Massingham known as the ‘Norwich Nymph’ famous in her own right for her horse race against … Read More

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