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George Washington’s saddle pistols: $1,986,000

This set of saddle pistols were originally given to Washington by his French ally Marquis de Lafayette and were used by Washington all through the Revolutionary war. The pistols feature beautiful gold inlays and detailed rococo carvings that make the pistols just as much a work of art as they are weapons. After Washington’s death these pistols eventually fell into the possession of President Andrew Jackson who cherished them for most of his life before gifting them back to Washington’s family. In 2002 the pistols were sold at a Christie’s Americana auction for a record breaking $1,986,000 dollars. The buyer was the Richard King Mellon Foundation who then donated the pistols to the Fort Ligonier historic site and museum just outside of Pittsburg.

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