A Small Cased Flintlock Pistol

A Cased 40 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Wilson of London.
£1,295.00

ID: 5616

A Cased 40 Bore Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Wilson of London. With sighted barrel with traces of original engraving to the top, single gold line and platinum touch-hole, engraved steel tang incorporating back-sight, bevelled lock, signed WILSON beneath the pan, fitted with sliding safety catch and decorated with foliage towards the tail, cock decorated en suite (engraving rubbed) full-stocked in walnut, cut with chequering at the grip, with steel trigger guard decorated with stands of arms on the bow and pineapple finial, horn tipped ramrod: in an associated lined and fitted case with oil bottle and powder flask. 


WILSON

Richard born 1703. Apprenticed to uncle, Thomas Green, 1718; free of Gunmakers Co., 1725. Proof piece and mark, 1730. Elected Assistant, 1734; Master, 1741. Gunmaker, at the Fowler, Minories, took over business of Agnes Green, 1730. Contractor to Ordnance, from 1746; East India Co., 1733-6; Hudsons Bay Co., 1730-56; Royal African Co., 1739. With son, William, became Richard & William Wilson & Co., 1757-9; Richard Wilson & Co., 1759-66. Died 1766.


William Son of Richard born 1732. Apprenticed to father, 1747; free of Gunmakers Co., 1754. Proof pieces, 1756. Elected Assistant, 1756; Master, 1760, 1769, 1772, 1774. Took Livery, 1778. Became partner with father, 1756. After fathers death in 1766, used same mark, traded as William Wilson & Co., 154 Minories, 1767-93; then as William Wilson & Son, 1794 until his death in 1808. Contractor to Ordnance, East India Co., Hudson Bay Co. and America. Succeeded by William.  


Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.


Dimensions:

Bore: 40 Bore

Barrel Length: 2.5 Inches (6.35 cm)

Overall Length: 6 Inches (15.24 cm)

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