A Cased Pair of 80-Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistols by H. Nock. With round turn-off barrels (frozen) decorated with a band of foliate engraving at the muzzles, struck with Birmingham proofs. Border engraved box-lock actions, the panels decorated with shields surrounded by stands of arms, signed H. Nock and LONDON on apposing sides of the pans, sliding thumb-piece safety catches, swelling chequered walnut butts, engraved silver escutcheons ‘G.R.’ in associated fitted case lined in red velvet (faded) with some accessories.
New pattern lock rejected by Ordnance in 1770. Gunlock smith. Made set of gauges for Gunmakers Company Proof House, 1781. Free of Gunmakers Co., by redemption 1784. Took Livery, 1795. Elected Assistant, 1798; Master 1802. Appointed Gunsmith-in-Ordinary to George III, 1789. In celebration of King's health recovery, displayed at Ludgate Hill 'an Imperial Crown, beautifully ornamented and very rich illumination of coloured lamps' (St. James's Chronicle, 25 April 1789). Made 7-barrelled rifled and pistol for Prince of Wales, 1790-2 (Royal Collection at Windsor Nos 154, 203). Contractor to Ordnance, 1771-1804; East India Co. (and Royal East India Volunteer Regt.) made 7 barrel guns, 1780; screwless lock 1786; wall piece, 1788; Duke of Richmond's Musket, 1792; Royal Horse Artillery Pistol, 1793...succeeded by James Wilkinson.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Barrel Length: 1.5 Inches (3.81 cm)
Overall Length: 6 Inches (15.24 cm)