A Small Pair of Pocket Pistols by H.W. Mortimer

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A Good Pair of Small Flintlock Pocket Pistols by H.W. Mortimer, London. With round turn-off barrels, decorated with a band towards the breech, stamped below with London proofs, border line engraved box-lock actions, engraved, ‘GUN-MAKER TO HIS MAJESTY’ within an oval surrounded by foliage to the right and ‘H.W. MORTIMER & Co. LONDON’ on a scroll surrounded by foliage to the left, sliding thumb-piece safety catches that also lock the pans, slab sided walnut butts, in crisp condition throughout. Of smaller than usual size. 


MORTIMER Harvey Walklate:

Son of Samuel Mortimer, born 1753. Apprenticed to father, 1772; free of Farriers Co., 1782; elected Assistant, 1807. Gunmaker, at Mr Greens ironmonger, 6 Kings Street., Lincolns Inn Fields, 1779; 89 Fleet Street., 1782-99. Appointed Gunmaker to George III, 1783. Contractor to East India Co., 1796-1806. Specialised in repeating pistols and gold mounted guns for the Eastern market. Advertised For the Inspection of the Curious, just finished, Three pair of Elegant Pistols, mounted in solid gold value 547 intended as a present to a foreign Prince, 1784 (Morning Herald, 20 August). Registered mark as small worker at Goldsmiths Hall, 1798. Made gold-mounted firearms set with diamonds for the U.S. Government as present for Bey of Tunis, 1801-2. Member of Law Association Volunteers, provided their muskets, 1803. His own musket in Inns of Court Museum, London. Became H. W. Mortimer, Son & T. Mortimer. Retired, 1811. Died 1819.   


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


Dimensions:

Bore: 120 Bore

Barrel Length: 1.5 Inches (3.81 cm)

Overall Length: 5 Inches (12.70 cm)

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