A Double Barrelled Howdah Pistol by Wesley Richards, 170 New Bond Street, London. With sighted twist barrels signed in full on the rib (some pitting), engraved case-hardened breeches, platinum plugs, signed engraved locks, figured walnut full stock, chequered butt, engraved steel trigger-guard and ramrod-pipe, silver escutcheon, captive ramrod.
William Westley Gunmaker, Birmingham, from 1812. Retail shop (with William Bishop as agent) 170 New Bond Street, 1826-72. 25 Lawrence Pountney Street, 1853-5. Gunmaker to Prince Albert. Died 1865. Firm then run by son, Wesley Richards.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Bore: 16 Bore
Barrel Length: 8 Inches (20.32 cm)
Overall Length: 13.5 Inches (34.29 cm)