Object Title

Flintlock holster pistol

Flintlock holster pistol

Date

1710-1720

Object Number

XII.1300

Provenance

From the Norton Hall Collection . Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund, 1942. Formally in the collection of Beriah Botfield (1807 - 1863) at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire. This collection would appear to have been formed in the 1840's. Norton Hall was acquired by Beriah Botfield's grandfather (who died in 1801), Thomas Botfield acquired it from the descendants of Nicholas Breton. Beriah Botfield restored Norton Hall to its former glories. The collection was finally purchased, with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, for the nation from Lady Beatrice Thynne on the occasion of her death in 1942. The purchase was negotiated with Lady Weymouth who was acting as attorney for Lord Weymouth (who was away on active service), who was tenant-for-life of the property (the collection had been settled on Lord Weymouth for life).

Dimensions

BarrelLength14.2in

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None Visible

Calibre

.625 in (19 bore)

Associations

Places Italy
Spain

Notes

The barrel of these pistols may be made in imitation of Spanish work, the inlaid decoration certainly not being Spanish in character.