A 32-Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Knubley of London. With round turn-off barrel, decorated with a band of foliage at the muzzle, stamped below with London proofs and decorated with sprays of foliage left and right, brass action signed ‘Knubley’ within an oval surrounded by a panoply of arms to the left and signed ‘London’ within an oval to the right, thumb piece safety-catch, figured rounded butt profussley inlaid with silver wire scrolls and flower heads, with scarce ‘Rampant Lion’ mask stamped with silver hallmarks for ….
John Gunmaker, Otley, Yorkshire, 1771. Sword Cutler & Gunmaker, 11 Charing Cross, 1786-93; 7 Charing Cross, 1794. Gunmaker to Prince of Wales, Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward. Contractor to Ordnance (canon locks, trade muskets, pistols and broadswords), 1790-4. Business taken over by Samuel Brunn, continued under Knubley name until 1797. Succeeded by John Mallett.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.