An Early Flintlock Holster Pistol by Buckmaster, London. With round brass three-stage barrel, slightly swamped towards the muzzle, decorated with scrolling foliage at the breech, stamped with London proofs and Buckmasters own barrel smith mark, this pistol is also unique as it is engraved with its original owners name, ‘SIMEON LADD’S’, foliate engraved steel tang cut with a sighting groove, signed border engraved domed lock, cock appears to be a working life replacement, full stocked in walnut with raised mouldings around the lock and tang (some small areas of repair around the butt cap and front ram-rod pipe) with brass furniture comprising engraved long-eared butt cap with grotesque mask, trigger guard engraved with a star burst and acanthus leaf finial, turned ramrod pipes, and replaced brass-tipped ramrod.
Joseph Apprentice to William Buckmaster, 1720; free of Gunmakers Co., 1728. Proof piece 1730. Elected Assistant, 1740; Master, 1746, 1757. Gunmaker to Hudson Bay Company, 1745-64; Ordnance, 1756-60. Convicted and fined for receiving arms bearing the King’s mark, 1761. Died 1764.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 20 Bore
Barrel Length: 8 Inches (20.5 cm)
Overall Length: 14.4 Inches (36.5 cm)