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Bonhams to sell pistols of aide-de-camp to King George III, a veteran of American War of Independence

LONDON.- This exceptional pair of Indian 28-bore silver-mounted flintlock pistols with silver barrels was owned by Lt. Col. Alexander Ross (1742-1827), whose extraordinary record of distinguished combat in theatres of war took place on three continents, Europe, America and India. The pistols are estimated to sell for £30,000-40,000 at Bonhams next sale of Antique Arms and Armour on April 18th in Knightsbridge. Ross was given them in India in 1792 by Lt. Col. Claude Martin (1735-1800), a Frenchman who deserted his army to join the East Indian Company, becoming Superintendent of Artillery and Arsenals to the Nawab of Oudh, and later establishing the Lucknow Arsenal in 1779. Alexander Ross was the youngest of five sons of Ross of Auchlossin. He entered the army as an Ensign in the 50th Foot in 1760, attaining the rank of Lieutenant a year later. His military record notes him as having served ‘in all the actions after the beginni