A Flintlock General Post Office Pistol, by James Wilkinson, London, Circa 1800. Of light dragoon form, with slightly swamped brass barrel, signed flat bevelled lock, varnished figured walnut stock full stock (some cracks commensurate with age) regulation brass mounts comprising pommel engraved ‘G/PO’ and brass tipped ramrod, London proof marks.
An identical example can be seen in the Christies W. Keith Neal sale of Thursday 09th November 2000. Lot 171
James 1 Foreman of Henry Nock, acted as his surety, 1800. Successor and son-in-law to Henry Nock, appointed Gunmaker-in-Ordinary to George III, 1805. Gunmaker, 17 Ludgate Hill, 1806-17. Became James & Son. Contractor to East India Company., 1805-39. At Brompton Square, Kensington. Died 1848 (aged 90).
James & Son Gunmakers to His Majesty, the Hon East India Company & The King & Prince Royal of Persia, 17 Ludgate Hill, 1819-28; 27 Pall Mall, 1829-52; 4 St. James’s Square., 1839; 18 St. Mary Axe, 1850-2. Became Wilkinson & Son and later Wilkinson Sword.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 16 Bore
Barrel Length: 9 Inches (23 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38 cm)