London, South Kensington
21 May 2008
A CASED 18-BORE D.B PERCUSSION OFFICER'S OR HOWDAH PISTOL BY WESTLEY RICHARDS, 170 NEW BOND ST. LONDON
No. 598 for 1837
With sighted rebrowned twist barrels signed in full on the rib, engraved case-hardened breeches, platinum plugs, engraved case-hardened locks (the safety-catches chipped), figured walnut full stock, chequered butt, engraved blued steel trigger-guard and ramrod-pipe, silver escutcheon, stirrup ramrod, and some original finish, Birmingham proof: in Westley Richards lined and fitted mahogany case (almost certainly an early replacement by this maker), the lid with trade label incorporating the royal warrant inscription 'To His Royal Highness Prince Albert', and with some accessories including a rare earlier Forsyth cylindrical copper flask (one compartment lid missing).
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