Object Title

Snaphaunce belt pistol

Snaphaunce belt pistol



Object Number



Purchased from Bonhams, London, on 29th November 2012 (auction 19796, Antique Arms and Armour, lot 422)

Physical Description

With octagonal barrel silver-damascened with scrolling foliage overall (worn and incomplete) and cut with two lines of beading at the muzzle, flat lock with bevelled tail cut with a line of beading at the rear, chiselled cock and steel, the former with jaws forming a monster's head, the top jaw with a looped cocking-ring secured by the jaw screw, the latter decorated with a further monster's head, and chiselled sliding pan-cover, mainspring and steel-spring, russet iron full stock incised with pairs of lines, heart-shaped pommel with brazed medial line and threaded ring for suspension, line engraved belt hook, button trigger, and pierced line engraved ramrod-pipe (ramrod missing, russet overall)


Serial Number None visible


40 bore


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