A Cased Pair of Flintlock Pocket Pistols by Beckwith. With round turn-off barrels, decorated with a band of engraving at the muzzles, stamped below with Birmingham proofs, signed ‘W. A. Beckwith’ on a scroll decorated with foliage to the left and LONDON to the right, fitted with sliding safety catches that also lock the pans, swelling chequered walnut butts, with vacant oval escutcheons, in a lined and fitted blue baise fitted case with all accessories including bullet mould, powder flask, etc. the exterior of the lid signed, ‘Robt Alexander’.
William Andrew. Apprenticed to Wattell Clark, 1785; free of Gunmakers Co., 1801. Elected Assistant (and Livery) 1805; Master, 1808, 1814, 1825, 1840. Died 1841. Gunmaker, 58 Skinner St., Snow Hill, 1802-41. 125 Strand, 1818-2. Contractor to Ordnance, 1838; East India Co., 1823-41. Business continued at 58 Skinner St., by Widow Elizabeth 1841-68. Contractor to East India Co., as Elizabeth Beckwith & Son, 1842-53.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 54 Bore
Barrel Length: 1.5 Inches (3.81 cm)
Overall Length: 5.5 Inches (13.97 cm)