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c1670

Truelock

16”   40.5cm

1.60 lbs.  725gm 

7¾”  19.5cm

No. 48  .460”  11.7mm

.33 ounces  9.6gm

An ornate turn-off barrelled pistol. The use of a bridle on the tumbler is very early.  The barrel is rifled with 8 grooves, about 1/5 of a turn in its length. 

Dating indicators:  Very straight fish-tail butt, no trigger-plate, unbridled frizzen, nearly round top-jaw, separate , octagonal breech, heavy rounded butt-cap, hand-screwed barrel (no provision for an external ring or internal tapered plug), very blunt lock tail.

 

  

 

 

 

 

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c1815

Bond, Philip

16”  40.5cm

2.22 lbs.  1010gm

9¾”  25cm

No 22  .596”  15.2mm

.73 ounces  21.3gm

One of a cased pair of duelling pistols (see page XXX).  The iron ramrod is unusual – taken in conjunction with considerable wear of the frizzens but otherwise pristine condition I assume that the original owner was an enthusiastic target-shooter who had the iron ramrods fitted to make them barrel-heavy. 

Dating indicators:  saw-handled butt, spur trigger-guard, rainproof pan, linked mainspring, flat lockplate 3-screw bridle, double-necked cock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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c1720

Wynn, David

13”  33 cm

1.59lbs  720gm  

8”  12.5cm

No. 18  .638”  16.2mm

.89 ounces  26.1gm

““Queen-Anne”” pistols with fixed barrels are unusual but not rare.  The swamped barrel, to facilitate loading, is more common in conjunction with fixed barrels.  Wynn was one of the best makers in the early 1700s, which is reflected in the quality of this pistol.  

Dating indicators: octagonal breech, “dragon looking backwards” sideplate, pillar trigger-guard, nearly round top-jaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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c1760

Barber

12”  30.5cm

1.42 lbs.  645gm

5”  13cm

No. 27   577.”  14.2mm

.59 ounces  17.4gm

 

 

Possibly by Lewis/Louis Barbar (the spelling ‘Barber’ may have been an alternative).  Early round-bodied Boxlocks are not common. 

Dating indicators:  open-necked cock, rococo styling, early top safety catch.


 

 

 

 

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1780

Perry, William

9¼”  23.5cm

.875 lbs.  400gm

3½”  9cm

No. 63  .420”  10.7mm

.25 ounces  7.5gm

 

 

The bas-relief engraving on this pistol is unusual. The buttcap caries the mark of Charles Freeth.  Dating indicators: Birmingham hallmark for 1780, cannon barrel, birdshead butt, inset frizzen-spring, sliding trigger guard safety-catch.

 

  

 

 

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