A Scarce 4-Barrelled Pistol by Lang, London. With engraved barrel block, decorated with scrolling foliage at the muzzle end and screw-in ramrod in the centre, stamped with London proofs and signed ‘J. LANG 7 HAYMARKET LONDON’. Profusely engraved box-lock action, decorated with scrolling foliage, fitted with sliding safety catches each side, dolphin hammers decorated en suite, figured walnut grip, cut with chequering, vacant oval escutcheon, hinged butt cap, decorated with scrolling foliage, trigger guard with traces of original engraving (rubbed). A scarce pistol.
Joseph Gunmaker (opened as Gun & Pistol Repositry from Wilson’s Warehouse, Vigo Lane) 7 Haymarket, 1825-52 (shooting Gallery adjoining, from 1827); 22 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, 1853-74. Became Joseph Lang & Sons, eventually amalgamating with Stephen Grant. Exhibited 4 and 6-barrel revolvers, Great Exhibition, 1851. Popularised the pin-fire breechloader. Granted British Pat. No. 1785 (Breech loader with drop-down barrels), 1867. Famous for his lemon-and-white pointer game-dogs. Died 1869.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Barrel Length: 3 Inches (7.62 cm)
Overall Length: 7.5 Inches (19.05)