A Flintlock Duelling Pistol by H.W. Mortimer. With swamped sighted barrel, sighted ‘H W MORTIMER LONDON GUNMAKER TO HIS MAJESTY’ engraved with a geometric band at the breech, tang engraved with stands of arms and fitted with rear-sight, stepped bevelled lock, signed in script below the pan and fitted with a sliding safety catch, with set trigger, full stocked in walnut with characteristic butt, chequered grip, finely engraved mounts comprising trigger guard decorated with scrolling foliage on the bow and beautifully detailed finial depicting an urn with foliage, turned ramrod pipes, original horn tipped ramrod with worm. Retaining much original finish, in nice untouched condition.
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.
Bore: 22 Bore
Barrel Length: 10 Inches (25.40 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38.10 cm)