A Bronze Barrelled Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol by Wheeler of London, With belled brass barrel and action in one piece, the former with two mouldings at the muzzle, side mounted brass ramrod and sprung bayonet beneath, trigger guard acting as bayonet catch, border engraved action, signed ‘Wheeler’ in script to the left and ‘London’ to the right, engraved sliding thumb-piece safety catch, figured walnut butt, Tower of London private proofs.
Robert Gun and Pistol Warehouse, 16 Staining Lane, Cheapside, 1805-08. Probably the Birmingham gunmaker, 1799-1813, who became Robert Wheeler & Son, 1814-43 and marked guns ‘London’.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London 1350-1850. George Shumway Publishers, USA.
Wheeler, Robert [1767-1813]
Shop in London. Made box-lock flintlock pocket pistols with under spring bayonets, and flintlock duelling pistols. Also made brass barrel flintlock blunderbusses. Under Royal Government contract made flintlock holster pistols and musketoons. Had a contract with the Hudson's Bay Company for flintlock trade muskets.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.
Barrel Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm)
Overall Length: 12.5 Inches (31.75 cm)