A Cased Pair of Flintlock Pocket Pistols by H.W. Mortimer & Son. With sighted octagonal barrels, signed in full along the top-flat, "H.W. Mortimer & Son London, Gun Maker To His Majesty’, engraved at the breeches with a line of geometric design, folate engraved tangs with rear-sights, signed border engraved locks, with safety catches and French cocks, full-stocked in walnut cut with characteristic chequering at the grips with Mortimer style butts, vacant oval escutcheons, blued steel trigger guards with Fleet Street address on the bows and pineapple finials, both retaining much original finish, blued ramrod pipes and original horn-tipped ramrods: in associated gun box, complete with accessories including bullet mould, powder flask and loose Mortimer label. A fine set of pistols.
Son of Harvey Walklate, apprenticed to father, 1791; free of Farriers Co., 1799. Gunmaker in partnership with father and uncle as H.W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer, 1800-1807; with father as H.W. Mortimer & Son, 1808-14; own business as gunmaker, 89 Fleet Street., 1814-22; 4 East Street., Hoxton, 1823-4.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.