Object Title

Flintlock pocket pistol

Flintlock pocket pistol

Date

1800

Object Number

XII.10707

Provenance

Formerly AL 72 9. Purchased on 6th July, 1995

Physical Description

Small iron action body integral with the barrel. Ring-necked cock, with sliding safety bolt at rear which also locks the frizzen closed in the manner typical of pistols of this type. Small iron triggerguard engraved with trophy motif. Both sides of the action are inlaid with gold trophy panels, now much rubbed and the engraving almost lost. That on the right contains a scroll reading LONDON, that on the left is illegible.
Very small flattened curved wooden butt, chequered on both faces.
Tapered round section barrel. The top surface is inlaid in gold with the Prince of Wales' feathers, the underside is fitted with a rib with two iron pipes for a small bone-tipped wooden rammer, the right underside of the breech is stamped with London commercial view and proofmarks, and the muzzle is decorated with a band of simple engraved 'wheat-ear ' motifs. The bore is rifled with twenty narrow grooves with a sharp right-hand twist

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of barrel: 2.7 in (68 mm), Overall length: 6.0 in (152 mm) Weight: 7.25 oz (202 g)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.410 in (68 bore)

Notes

An X-ray examination of this item was carried out by NDT Sheffield on 30th September 1997. It was revealed that the barrel screws on to a short threaded boss projecting immediately from the front face of the action body, unlike the majority of guns of this type which have a much more pronounced forward extension to the action body and which contains the chamber as well as carrying the pan and frizzen assembly.
Furthermore, the forward step on the cock, which rests upon the top plate of the action when in the fired position, contains the stub of a screw. Whilst it could conceivably have served to provide a means of adjusting the fall of the cock, there is no visible vestige of a slot by means of which such adjustment could be made and it would be expected that a screw of these proportions in this position would create a serious weakness. Its purpose therefore remains a mystery