The firearms date back to 1730
The firearms, which date back to 1730 and are thought to be worth up to £50,000, were bought by retired lawyer Kevan McDonald from a private collector in London.
They were made for a senior Jacobite officer by renowned gunmaker Alexander Campbell of Doune, in Perthshire, and are believed to have been taken to America at the start of the Revolutionary War in 1775.
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They were previously owned by a wealthy New York socialite
We know they were made in Doune around 1730
The elaborately designed guns were previously owned by a wealthy New York socialite and are said to be one of only five genuine pairs of their type in the world.
A pair are on show at the Met Museum in New York and the V&A Museum in London – there are also two pistols at Brodick Castle, on the Isle of Arran.
A pair are on show at the V&A museum in London
Mr McDonald said: “We know they were made in Doune around 1730 but the whole period from 1730 to 2006 is missing. It’s a mystery we need help to solve.”
He added: “They are undoubtedly pistols that were made for a high-ranking Jacobite sympathiser and may have been at Culloden.”
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