A Huge Carbine Bore Percussion Pepperbox by John Blissett of London. With fluted barrel block engraved with sprays of foliage at the muzzle and numbered â€˜1â€™ to â€˜5â€™ stamped with London proofs and â€˜JOHN BLISSETT, 322 HIGH HOLBORN LONDONâ€™ along the top flat, foliate scroll engraved rounded action with nipple shield, fitted with a sliding safety catch that locks the hammer, deeply chequered walnut butt, stamped â€™11â€™ pistol also fitted with large blued belt-clip, foliate engraved butt-cap with hinged trap, foliate engraved trigger guard.
John Son of Isaac, born 1808. Gunmaker and jeweller, 74 High Holborn, 1832-5; 321 High Holborn, 1836-50 (315 High Holborn, 1847); 322 high Holborn, 1851-66. Became John Blissett & Son. Granted Regd. Design No. 1050 (air gun walking stick), 1847; British Patent No. 2069 (revolver loading lever), 1855/ Died 1872.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Blissett, John [1840 - 1877]
Shops at 321 High Holborn Street, London, and South Castle Street, Liverpool. Made percussion pepperboxes, officers percussion dragoon pistols with swivel ramrods and double barrel percussion pocket pistols.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.