A PAIR OF 40-BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOLS
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A PAIR OF 40-BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOLS

BY JAMES FREEMAN, LONDON, CIRCA 1720

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A PAIR OF 40-BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOLS
By James Freeman, London, circa 1720
With short turn-off cannon barrels each engraved with a band of acanthus foliage, border engraved tapering octagonal then sixteen-sided breeches each signed beneath the steel-spring, stud safety-catches, engraved tangs each with acorn front finial, swelling moulded figured walnut butts (one repaired) each with raised panel at the barrel tang and opposite the action, engraved separate iron trigger-guards, and silver animal-mask pommels (one pommel and both cocks replaced, scattered minor surface pitting), London proof marks
6¼in. (15.9cm.) (2)
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Lot Essay

James Paul Freeman was admitted to the freedom of the Gunmakers' Company on 5 July 1716, and in the same year took over the premises in St. Martin's Lane previously occupied by Andrew Dolep. He was Master in 1732 and died in 1736. Both he and his son, James, are noted for their breech-loading pistols
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