Durs Egg


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(b 1745; d 1822). Swiss gun-maker who opened a workshop in London in 1772 and eventually became a Royal Gun-maker. His most highly prized weapons were his double-barrelled shotguns and his flintlock duelling pistols. His nephew Joseph Egg also became a noted gunsmith, and was the inventor of a double-barrelled pocket pistol in which the barrels could be discharged successively by two pulls on a single trigger.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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