A 50-Bore Flintlock Tap-Action Pistol by J & W Richards, London. With turn-off barrels decorated at muzzle and breech, numbered ‘2’ and ‘3’ and stamped with London proofs and ‘R’, line engraved box-lock action, with sliding thumb-piece safety catch, signed, ‘ J & W RICHARDS’ to the left and, ‘LONDON’ to the right, plate sided butt with vacant shield-shaped escutcheon.
J & W RICHARDS
Joseph & William Gunmakers, 16 Staining Lane, 1808-10. Factory at Birmingham where Joseph carried on alone,1815-30. Some pistols made by partners are marked ’62 Strand, London’.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 50 Bore
Barrel Length: 3 Inches (7.62 cm)
Overall Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05 cm)