A Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol by Wheeler of London. With belled brass barrel and action in one piece, the former with two mouldings at the muzzle, side mounted horn-tipped ramrod and spring bayonet beneath, trigger guard acting as bayonet catch, border engraved action, signed ‘Wheeler’ in script to the left, sliding thumb-piece safety catch, slab-sided walnut butt.
Robert Gun and Pistol Warehouse, 16 Staining Lane, Cheapside, 1805-08. Probably the Birmingham gunmaker, 1799-1813, who became Robert Wheeler & Son, 1814-43 and marked guns ‘London’.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London 1350-1850. George Shumway Publishers, USA.
Wheeler, Robert [1767-1813]
Shop in London. Made box-lock flintlock pocket pistols with under spring bayonets, and flintlock duelling pistols. Also made brass barrel flintlock blunderbusses. Under Royal Government contract made flintlock holster pistols and musketoons. Had a contract with the Hudson's Bay Company for flintlock trade muskets.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.