A Superb Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Wogdon. With browned sighted barrels engraved ‘Wogdon London’ along the top flats and stamped underneath with London proofs and Wogdons barrel smith mark, decorated with geometric designs at the breech, foliate engraved tangs incorporating rear-sights, signed, stepped, bevelled locks with sliding safety catches and set-triggers, full-stocked in walnut with blued steel mounts comprising trigger guard, decorated with a spray of foliage on the bow and stylised pineapple finial and engraved ramrod pipes, in lovely condition overall retain some original finish, cased in a pistol box by W. Clark lined and fitted, with some accessories including bullet mould, turn-screw and red leather covered three-way flask, the exterior with flush fitting brass carrying handle and circular brass escutcheon.
Robert Apprentice to Edward Newton, gunmaker, Grantham, Lincs, 1748. Gunmaker at Mr Maw’s haberdasher, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, 1764; Haymarket, 1774-1802. With John Barton traded as Wogdon & Barton, from 1795, succeeded by Barton, 1803. Famous for duelling pistols. Poem, Stanzas on Duelling, by an Irish Volunteer, 1783, began ‘Hail Wogden, Patron of that Leaden death….’
WOGDON & BARTON
Robert Wogdon & John Barton Gunmakers, 14 Haymarket, 1795-1803. Gunmakers to Bow St. Police, 1801-3.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 28 Bore
Barrel Length: 10 Inches (25.40 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38.10 cm)