A Flintlock Pocket Pistol signed H. Nock

A Flintlock Pocket Pistol signed H. Nock
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A Flintlock Pocket Pistol signed H. Nock. With round brass turn-off barrel, fitted with a sprung bayonet beneath, stamped at the breech with Birmingham proofs, brass box-lock action signed H.NOCK within an oval surrounded by a stand of arms to the left and, LONDON within an oval  surrounded by a stand of arms to the right, fitted with a sliding safety catch that also locks the pan, slab sided walnut butt (old pinned repair to the wood - see photographs). In nice clean order. 

 
 
NOCK Henry
New pattern lock rejected by Ordnance in 1770. Gunlock smith. Made set of gauges for Gunmakers Company Proof House, 1781. Free of Gunmakers Co., by redemption 1784. Took Livery, 1795. Elected Assistant, 1798; Master 1802. Appointed Gunsmith-in-Ordinary to George III, 1789. In celebration of King's health recovery, displayed at Ludgate Hill 'an Imperial Crown, beautifully ornamented and very rich illumination of coloured lamps' (St. James's Chronicle, 25 April 1789). Made 7-barrelled rifled and pistol for Prince of Wales, 1790-2 (Royal Collection at Windsor Nos 154, 203). Contractor to Ordnance, 1771-1804; East India Co. (and Royal East India Volunteer Regt.) made 7 barrel guns, 1780; screwless lock 1786; wall piece, 1788; Duke of Richmond's Musket, 1792; Royal Horse Artillery Pistol, 1793...succeeded by James Wilkinson.

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


Dimensions:
Bore: 54-Bore
Barrel Length: 2.5 Inches (6.35 cm)
Overall Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm)

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