21 May 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 8,125
GBP 6,500 - GBP 7,000
A FINE CASED PAIR OF FLINTLOCK OFFICER'S PISTOLS BY JAS WILKINSON & SON, LONDON
No.3164 for 1825
Each with sighted browned twist barrel of regulation bore inscribed 'London' on the short flat at the breech, platinum vent, engraved case-hardened breech tang, signed engraved case-hardened lock with bevelled edges, safety-catch, roller and 'French' cock, figured walnut full stock, chequered flattened butt, horn fore-end cap, case-hardened trigger-plate, engraved blued steel trigger-guard and ramrod-pipe, the former with pineapple finial, engraved stirrup ramrod, much original finish, and the stocks with little evidence of use, London proof marks : in original lined and fitted oak case, the lid with brass octagonal escutcheon with flush-fitting handle, large trade label incorporating Wilkinson's No.12 Ludgate Hill address, the case front branded with the owner's initials 'R.K.T', and with some accessories.
14¼in (36.2cm) (2)
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James Wilkinson & Son worked at No.12 Ludgate Hill, London, 1819-28
These pistols are recorded in the Wilkinson firearms ledger, described as 'city pistols'.
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