A Pair of Silver Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistols by Bate, Hallmarked for 1775. With octagonal to round barrels, engraved with star-bursts and ‘BATE LONDON’ along the top flats, stamped with London proofs and Barrel smiths mark (John Braziers mark - I think) and gold touch-holes. Foliate engraved tangs, stepped, border engraved locks, signed ‘BATE’ and fitted with sliding safety catches. Cocks decorated with scrolling foliage with gold lined pans (one of the pan walls has an old repair where it has broken and been reattached). Full stocked in walnut, with raised carving around the apron and slab sided walnut butt (small slither repair toward muzzle on right hand side of one and small bit of wood inlet on the other). Silver trigger guards hallmarked for 1775-76 and with Silver smiths mark ‘IH’ , decorated with foliage on the bow and an acorn finial, engraved silver ramrod pipes, with horn tipped ramrod.
Edward. Apprenticed to Sam. Brown, gunsmith Birmingham, 1743. Gunmaker (noted for airguns) Brownlow Street, Long Acre, London, 1763-78. Christchurch Brixton, 1800. Contractor to Ordnance, 1779-83. In partnership with William Over, c. 1805-10.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 18 Bore
Barrel Length: 8 Inches (20.32 cm)
Overall Length: 13 Inches (33.02 cm)