A Silver Mounted Flintlock Holster Pistol by Bate, Hallmarked for 1775. With octagonal to round barrel, engraved with star-bursts and ‘BATE LONDON’ along the top flat, stamped with London proofs and Barrel smiths mark (John Braziers mark - I think) and gold touch-hole. Foliate engraved tang, stepped, border engraved lock, signed ‘BATE’ and fitted with sliding safety catch. Cock decorated with scrolling foliage (possibly a working life replacement) with gold lined pan. Full stocked in walnut, with raised carving around the apron and slab sided walnut butt (small slither repair toward muzzle on right hand side). Silver trigger guard hallmarked for 1775-76 and with Silver smiths mark ‘IH’ , decorated with foliage on the bow and an acorn finial, engraved silver ramrod pipes, with horn tipped ramrod.
Edward. Apprenticed to Sam. Brown, gunsmith Birmingham, 1743. Gunmaker (noted for airguns) Brownlow Street, Long Acre, London, 1763-78. Christchurch Brixton, 1800. Contractor to Ordnance, 1779-83. In partnership with William Over, c. 1805-10.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 18 Bore
Barrel Length: 8 Inches (20.32 cm)
Overall Length: 13 Inches (33.02 cm)