A Rare Brass Mounted Flintlock Pistol by Dolep of London, Early 18th Century. With three-stage barrel with fore-sight, grooved tang, engraved rounded lock, cock and steel both decorated with foliage, moulded figured walnut full stock carved in relief with a foliate apron around the tang, cast and chased brass mounts, comprising rounded scroll side-plate, vacant swelling foliate escutcheon, border engraved spurred pommel, moulded trigger guard with acanthus leaf finial, baluster ramrod-pipes, wooden ramrod, London proofs.
The maker is George Edward Dolep, son of the famous Andreas Rheinhold Dolep, maker of fine and ingenious firearms. In 1710 he married Mary, daughter of John Tittensor, gun barrel forger. He is recorded as Gunsmith ‘over against the Plow & Harrow in St. Martin’s Lane’ in 1713, the same year he was made free of the Gunmakers’ Company. Appointed Gentleman Armourer to George I in 1715. He died in 1717.