• Arms & Armour auction at Christies

    Sale 5863

    Arms & Armour

    30 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 113

    A RARE IRISH FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL FOR AN OFFICER OF THE KILKENNY HORSE, BY WHEELER

    CIRCA 1775-80

    Price Realised  

    A RARE IRISH FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL FOR AN OFFICER OF THE KILKENNY HORSE, BY WHEELER
    CIRCA 1775-80
    With swamped octagonal barrel inscribed with the owner's name 'Cn Cuffe' and 'Kilkenny Horse', engraved barrel tang, signed engraved bevelled lock, walnut full stock, brass mounts engraved en suite with the lock, and the trigger-guard finial formed as a bird-of-prey, Birmingham private proof marks
    15in (38.1cm)


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    The National Army Museum, London, holds a Volunteer List for 1804 in which it is hand-written: 'Kilkenny City Cavalry, 1st. Lt. Capt. Wheeler Cuffe, 31ts Oct. 1796'. The date probably refers to that on which the regiment was founded.

    The Cuffe family came from Leyrath, Kilkenny. This pistol may have belonged to Sir Jonah Denny Wheeler Cuffe, created Baronet of Ireland, 1st October 1799.

    Oliver Wheeler is recorded as a gunmaker in Dublin in 1772, trading in Kilkenny 1783-95.

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