A Percussion Belt Pistol by T.K. Baker of London. With sighted, browned barrel, decorated with a band of engraving at the muzzle and signed along the top, ‘THOS.s K. BAKER. 34 St JAMES St LONDON’ fitted with captive ramrod beneath and stamped with London proofs, foliate engraved box-lock action, retaining traces of original finish, fitted with sliding safety catch, chequered walnut grip (some dings - see photograph) with vacant white metal escutcheon, profusely engraved steel butt-cap, with trap, trigger guard decorated with scrolling foliage. A crisp pistol with traces of original finish.
Thomas Kerslake is recorded at 34 St. james Street between 1846 and 1849. In 1844 he took over a patent safety gunlock of Thomas and John Seymour which was submitted to and rejected by Ordnance in 1845. He exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and in 1852 was granted Registered Design No. 3230 for a Long-spur revolver hammer.