A Crisp Pair of Flintlock Double Barrelled Pistols by Griffin of Bond Street, London. With round three-stage turn-off barrels decorated with bands of foliage at the breech, and numbered ‘1’ ‘2’ and ‘3’ ‘4’, (barrel ‘3’ with an old repair to the side) stamped at the breech with London proofs and Griffins own mark, beautifully engraved box-lock actions, cocks decorated en suite decorated with scrolling foliage and signed ‘Griffin’ on a scroll to the left and ‘London’ to the right, sliding safety catches that lock both hammers at the same time, swelling walnut butts, with engraved silver mounts, comprising signed ornate escutcheons, with long-eared butt caps and grotesque masks, engraved steel trigger guards.
A similar pair can be found in the Clay Bedford Collection. Item No. 145 in Early Firearms of Great Britain and Ireland - The Metropolitan Museum of Art (BEDFORD COLLECTION NO. 703).
Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Harrison, 1719; gave up apprentice and worked as Fireign gunmaker allowed to prove guns by Gunmakers Co., 1724-31. Told to give up work by Gunmakers CO., but traded as gunmaker (Successor to Samuel Garrison), Bond St., 1735-70. Registered silversmiths mark, Goldsmiths Hall, 1743. With son, Joseph, took out Sun Ins. (No. 159594)on goods at Cross & Griffin, New Bond Street., 1757. Died 1770.
Joseph Son of Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Blanckley, turned over to father, 1741; free of Gunmakers CO., 1750. Proof piece and mark 1759. Elected Assistant, 1759; Master, 1762, 1763. Appointed Gentlemen Armourer to His Majestys Stables-in-Ordinary, 1760. Gunmaker to His Majesty near the Duke of Graftons, Bond Street., 1763. In partnership with father until 1770, then with John Tow, 1772-82. Died in 1784. Succeeded by John Tow.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Barrel Length: 4.75 Inches (12 cm)
Overall Length: 12 Inches (30.48 cm)