A 22-Bore Flintlock Mail Coach Pistol by J. Harding & Son. With brass barrel signed in full and numbered along the top flat at the breech and engraved ‘For His Majesty’s Mail Coaches’ around the muzzle, signed flat bevelled lock with safety catch (broken) figured walnut full-stock (old repair to fore-end) with rounded butt, brass mounts of regulation type with scrolling side-plate, butt cap and trigger guards and brass ramrod pipe with brass tipped ramrod. Stamped with Hardings Proofs.
James & Son Gunmakers, 82 Blackman St., Borough, 1834-6; 265 Borough High St., 1837-8; 264 High St., 1838-43.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 16 Bore
Barrel Length: 20.3 cm (8 Inches)
Overall Length: 33.5 cm (13 Inches)