20 September 2007
A FLINTLOCK BOX-LOCK PISTOL BY T. RICHARDS; AND A PAIR OF FLINTLOCK BOX-LOCK POCKET PISTOLS BY TWIGG, LONDON
The first circa 1750-60; the second circa 1785-87
The first with turn-off cannon barrel, border-engraved action signed within a trophy-of-arms on the right and decorated with a further trophy, en rocailles, on the left, engraved top-strap secured by a transverse pin, flat-sided figured walnut butt, and engraved sliding trigger-guard safety-catch, Birmingham private proof marks; the second with turn-off barrels, plain actions with linear engraved borders and signed within engraved ovals, thumbpiece safety-catches, the cocks each with spur curled to the rear, flat-sided walnut butts, and engraved trigger-guards, Tower private proof marks.
7¼in (18.4cm) and 6 3/8in (16.3cm) (3)
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