A Flintlock ‘Post Boys’ Pistol by Harding. With round browned barrel engraved ‘Harding & Son. Bore London’ and stamped with Hardings proof. Foliate engraved tang and screw. Stepped border engraved lock, signed ‘J. Harding’ and also stamped with Hardings proof. Full-stocked in walnut, with brass furniture comprising trigger guard, decorated with foliage on the bow and turned ramrod pipes.
James Gunmaker, 44 Blackman St., Borough, 1810; 38 Blackman St., 1811-24; 99 Blackman St., 1825-7; 82 Blackman St., 1828-33. Gunmaker to General Post Office (brass barrelled mail coach pistols & blunderbusses); Union Street Police Office, Southwark from 1816.
James & Son Gunmakers, 82 Blackman St., Borough, 1834-6; 265Borough High St., 1837-8; 246 High St., 1838-43.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.