A Flintlock Box-Lock Blunderbuss Pocket Pistol by P. Bond of London. With round belled brass barrel, octagonal at the breech and stamped with Tower of London private proofs, line engraved brass action, signed within an oval surrounded by arms to the left and with the address within an oval to he right side of the frame, fitted with sliding thumb-piece safety catch that also locks the pan, slab sided walnut grip with vacant oval escutcheon, steel trigger guard and fitted with a ramrod beneath.
Philip John Joseph Son of Edward, apprenticed to Thomas Tringham, 1774; free of Goldsmiths Co., 1781. Gunmaker and Sword Cutler 45 Cornhill, 1794-1816; 59 Lombard Street, 1794-1803. Viewer to Hudson’s Bay Company, 1790 - 1815. Died 1816.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bond, William [1768-1776]
William Bond was the founder of a family of gunsmiths in London and was active in gunsmithing until 1776. From 1776 to 1800 Philip Bond had a shop at 45 Cornhill, London. Made brass barrel flintlock pocket pistols with underspring bayonet, and flintlock blunderbusses with spring bayonet. Edward Bond at 45 Cornhill, London, was active from 1800 - 1830. Made flintlock holster pistols with swivel ramrod and double barrel flintlock carbines with top-spring bayonets. William Bond was located at 59 Lombard Street, London, from 1830 to 1850. Made cased percussion travelling pistols of fine workmanship. Edward William Bond (probably son of William) was active 1850 to 1861. Made cased percussion pepperboxes. Edward Bond was active 1861 to 1870 and Edward William Bond (probably junior) from 1870 to 1879.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.