Flintlock holster pistol: c.1695
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A flintlock holster pistol with figured walnut stock, steel barrel and silver butt cap. The barrel, polygonal at the breech, changing to round, is punched with the maker's mark [IF] and proof marks of the London Gunmakers' Company. On the top flat of the barrel is the faint inscription FOWELL. The stock, terminating in a spurred pommel, is decorated with pierced steel mounts of foliate design and a pear-shaped escutcheon mount chased with a male bust in profile. The foliate chased silver butt cap is riveted on to a substantial brass butt guard. The tang, cock, lock plate and trigger guard are all engraved with delicate floral designs. There is a combined steel and pan cover. To the left of the mainspring, the lock plate is inscribed I FOWELL. The tumbler has a square shank which projects through the lock plate into a corresponding hole in the cock, the two being held together on the outside by a screw. The cast steel, front and back ramrod pipes hold the horn-tipped rammer which has lost its steel worm at the narrow end.
1695 AD - 1695 AD