A Superb Long Flintlock Horse Pistol by Heylin of London. With sighted round barrel, engraved ‘LONDON’ within a tear-drop and stamped with London proofs and Heylins own barrel smiths mark, barrel tang cut as rear-sight and decorated with scrolling foliage, border engraved rounded lock and cock, signed ‘HEYLIN’ below the pan and decorated with a spray of foliage at the tail, full-stocked in walnut with raised foliate moulding around the tang and lock (old hair line crack on grip), with engraved brass mounts comprising border engraved solid side-plate, long eared butt cap, decorated with a stand of arms on the butt, foliate engraved trigger guard with acorn finial and brass ramrod pipes, with original horn tipped ramrod.
Heylin, Joseph [1750-1800]
Made brass, cannon barrel, flintlock coaching pistols and brass barrel flintlock blunderbusses. Shop in Cornhill, London.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.
Joseph, Gunmaker, ‘at the Cross Guns’, Cornhill, 1757 .Made free of Gunmakers Co., by redemption, proof piece & mark, 1757. Elected Assistant, 1773; Master in 1777. Gunmaker and stone crossbow maker, 48 Cornhill, 1757-79; 100 Bishopsgate Within, 1780-1; Aldersgate Street 1796. Contractor to East India Co., 1773-7; Hudson Bay Co., 1775-7; African Merchants Co., 1760. Died 1801.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.