A Small Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Wilson

A Small Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Wilson
£595.00

ID: 4848

A Very Small Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Wilson of London. With round turn-off barrel, stamped with London proofs below, border engraved box-lock action, decorated with a flower head to the right and signed ‘Wilson’ to the left, fitted with a sliding safety catch above, slab sided walnut butt. 


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; Hudson’s 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: 120 Bore

Barrel Length: 1.5 Inches (2.54 cm)

Overall Length: 5 Inches (12.70 cm)

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