An unusual pair of Percussion Duelling Pistols by Hollis of London. With sighted octagonal re-browned barrels, signed â€˜Londonâ€™ in Gothic script along the top flats and fitted with rear sights towards the breech, foliate engraved breeches with double gold lines, profusely engraved tangs, foliate engraved back-action locks, fitted with sliding safety catches, foliate engraved cocks (one a replacement) half-stocked in walnut, one a saw-handle stock, the other more usual style, cut with chequering at the grips, horn fore-end caps, engraved steel mounts comprising spurred trigger guards, decorated with foliage on the bows, turned ramrod pipes (one a replacement) with brass tipped wooden ramrods.
Richard Two gunmakers of this name, at Birmingham, apparently marked guns â€˜Londonâ€™, c. 1820-1845.
Howard L. Blackmore (1986) Gunmakers Of London, 1350-1850. George Shumway Publisher. USA.
Hollis, Richard W. [1790-1850].
General gunsmith in London. Name became Richard Hollis & Son 1850 to 1886. Made all metal percussion Scottish-type pistols with belt-hook, and percussion sporting guns.
A. Merwyn Carey (1954) English, Irish and Scottish Firearms Makers, Acro Publishing Company, New York.
Bore: 22 Bore
Barrel Length: 10 Inches (25.4 cm)
Overall Length: 15.5 Inches (39.37 cm)