A Flintlock Duelling Pistol by H.W. Mortimer & Co

A Flintlock Duelling Pistol by H.W. Mortimer & Co
£2,850.00

ID: 5743
A Flintlock Duelling Pistol by H.W. Mortimer & Co. With swamped sighted octagonal barrel, signed ‘H.W.MORTIMER & CO. LONDON GUNMAKER TO HIS MAJESTY’ decorated with a geometric band at the breech and gold touch-hole, beautifully engraved tang fitted with rear-sight, border engraved lock, signed beneath the pan and fitted with a sliding safety catch, French style cock, full-stocked in walnut (old slither repair - see photographs) cut with crisp chequering at the grip and with characteristic Mortimer butt, original horn-tipped rammer with loading end. In good clean order overall.

MORTIMER
Harvey Walklate Son of Samuel Mortimer, born 1753. Apprenticed to father, 1772; free of Farriers Co., 1782; elected Assistant, 1807. Gunmaker, at Mr Greens ironmonger, 6 Kings Street., Lincolns Inn Fields, 1779; 89 Fleet Street., 1782-99. Appointed Gunmaker to George III, 1783. Contractor to East India Co., 1796-1806. Specialised in repeating pistols and gold mounted guns for the Eastern market. Advertised For the Inspection of the Curious, just finished, Three pair of Elegant Pistols, mounted in solid gold value 547 intended as a present to a foreign Prince, 1784 (Morning Herald, 20 August). Registered mark as small worker at Goldsmiths Hall, 1798. Made gold-mounted firearms set with diamonds for the U.S. Government as present for Bey of Tunis, 1801-2. Member of Law Association Volunteers, provided their muskets, 1803. His own musket in Inns of Court Museum, London. Became H. W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer. Retired, 1811. Died 1819.   

 
 
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher.

Dimensions:
Bore: 25 Bore
Barrel Length: 10 Inches (25.40 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38.10 cm)

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