A Beautiful Silver Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistol by Griffin of London. With browned sighted barrel engraved ‘LONDON’ along the top-flat and stamped with a single London proof mark. Steel tang fitted with rear-sight. Rounded lock border engraved and signed, cock decorated en-suite. Full stocked in walnut (old repair to fore-end - see photograph) with raised floral moulding around the tang and lock. Silver mounts comprising side-pate, vacant escutcheon, long eared butt cap with grotesque mask, trigger guard, stamped with hallmarks dating the gun to 1759-60, foliate engraved bow and acanthus leaf finial, engraved ram-rod pipes and horn tipped ramrod.
Griffin, B. [1739-1773]
Shop in Bond Street, London. One of the early makers of double barrel pistols and fowling pieces. Made flintlock pocket and holster pistols with silver mountings, also double barrel, side-by-side, flintlock pistols with two hammers and two triggers. the name became Griffin & Tow from 1773 to 1796, continuing at Bond Street. Made cannon barrel flintlock pocket pistols and silver mounted flintlock holster pistols. Also brass barrel flintlock blunderbusses.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.
Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Harrison, 1719; gave up apprentice and worked as Fireign gunmaker allowed to prove guns by Gunmakers Co., 1724-31. Told to give up work by Gunmakers CO., but traded as gunmaker (Successor to Samuel Garrison), Bond St., 1735-70. Registered silversmiths mark, Goldsmiths Hall, 1743. With son, Joseph, took out Sun Ins. (No. 159594)on goods at Cross & Griffin, New Bond Street., 1757. Died 1770.
Joseph Son of Benjamin. Apprenticed to Samuel Blanckley, turned over to father, 1741; free of Gunmakers CO., 1750. Proof piece and mark 1759. Elected Assistant, 1759; Master, 1762, 1763. Appointed Gentlemen Armourer to His Majestys Stables-in-Ordinary, 1760. Gunmaker to His Majesty near the Duke of Graftons, Bond Street., 1763. In partnership with father until 1770, then with John Tow, 1772-82. Died in 1784. Succeeded by John Tow.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Barrel Length: 9 Inches (23 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38 cm)