Object Title

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading pistol - By Allison

Snaphaunce muzzle-loading pistol - By Allison

Date

dated 1619

Object Number

XII.737

Provenance

Lord Dillon purchased this pistol for the Tower. A letter dated 14th April 1898 from the Inspector General of Ordnance to Viscount Dillon approves the purchase of the pistol from Mr Harding. Mr Harding purchased the pistol at the Gurney Sale in 1898. It was indeed sold as lot 264 at Christies 9th March 1898. Originally in the Londesborough Collection, sold as lot 55 at Christies 4th July 1888.

Physical Description

Made with a left-handed lock. Barrel octagonal at the breech then round with a wide double moulding at the change of section, and a slightly tulip-shaped muzzle. Lock with brass lockplate the entire surface together with the outer faces of the cock and steel being engraved with conventional foliage. The lock is similar in construction and mechanism to that of XII.63. The finial or comb on the back of the cock is restored. Stock with fish-tail butt mounted in brass engraved en-suite with lock. Belt hook and steel ramrod with moulded tip. A short section of wood is missing from the tip of the fore end. This pistol is a particularly fine example of its type.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength11in.
BarrelLength279mm
OverallWeight0.68kg
OverallWeight1.5lb oz

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.350 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Date
1619
Fence of the pan
Engraved
Maker's mark
CA (possibly a member of the Allison family of Dundee).
Lockplate
Stamped

Associations

Notes

In the Ffoulkes catalogue of 1916 and the typescript 1909 catalogue it is suggested that the gunsmiths of these two guns belonged to the same family, and as XII. 63 was believed to belong to Prince Charles (later Charles I) it was suggested that this pistol might also have belonged to the Prince.