A Flintlock Blunderbuss by Wilkinson of London. With three-stage brass barrel, belled at the muzzle, engraved at the breech with a line of geometric design and stamped with London proofs and barrel smiths marks, engraved steel tang, signed border engraved lock, full-stocked in walnut and cut with a band of chequering at the wrist, with a vacant white metal escutcheon, brass mounts comprising butt-plate engraved with birds, engraved trigger guard decorated with a bird, pineapple finial, brass tipped ramrod, In uncleaned condition.
James 1 Foreman of Henry Nock, acted as his surety, 1800. Successor and son-in-law to Henry Nock, appointed Gunmaker-in-Ordinary to George III, 1805. Gunmaker, 17 Ludgate Hill, 1806-17. Became James & Son. Contractor to East India Company., 1805-39. At Brompton Square, Kensington. Died 1848 (aged 90).
James & Son Gunmakers to His Majesty, the Hon East India Company & The King & Prince Royal of Persia, 17 Ludgate Hill, 1819-28; 27 Pall Mall, 1829-52; 4 St. James’s Square., 1839; 18 St. Mary Axe, 1850-2. Became Wilkinson & Son and later Wilkinson Sword.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.