Rabbit pistols, mentioned in Arcadia, were not for hunting at all, but were most likely used as dueling pistols. It would have been illegal to possess the duelling pistols, so the euphemism was developed. Dueling pistols, such as these, were adapted from horse pistols in the late 1700's.
18th century flintlock dueling pistols, 16 1/2 inches long
Barrel lengths are 10 1/2 inches. The style is French , Henry Lapage. Each pistol perfectly carved and figured European walnut half stocks . Silver inlay work on all metal parts including hammer. Octagon barrels are fully fluted and silver inlayed with front and rear sights attached, mechanically very tight with triggers tuned in at a perfect 2 lbs of pull each