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    Sale 5854

    Arms & Armour

    18 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 138

    A RARE PAIR OF FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS OF THE BRISTOL TROOP, THE HEREFORDSHIRE MILITIA, SIGNED JEFFERY

    CIRCA 1780-90

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    A RARE PAIR OF FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOLS OF THE BRISTOL TROOP, THE HEREFORDSHIRE MILITIA, SIGNED JEFFERY
    CIRCA 1780-90
    With brass swamped barrels formed in two stages with moulded girdles, the breeches inscribed 'No.42 Bristol Troop', signed bevelled locks sparsely engraved at the rear, rollers, walnut full stocks, flat-sided butts, engraved brass mounts including trigger-guards with acorn finials, and one original ramrod, Birmingham Private proof marks
    14½in (36.9cm) (2)


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    The Bristol Troop of the Herefordshire militia, under the overall command of Lord Bateman, achieved infamy for its actions during The Bristol Riots of September 1793. On the 21st a large body of militia fired upon and bayonet charged the disorderly crowd, killing eleven and wounding forty-five.

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