Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    English Flintlock Holster Pistol by R. Wheeler & Son, London.
    Circa 1780. 19" overall, 12" .60 caliber smoothbore barrel with patent breech. All metal about mint. 4¼" breech area of the barrel covered with delicate scroll and floral engraving, highlighted with gilt, along with etched panels. "London" in a riband on the top facet. Balance of the barrel to the muzzle covered with deep etching of military motifs as well as floral and scroll work, all on a gilt frosted background. The two sections of the barrel separated by a fluted and engraved band. Roller frizzen, sliding hammer safety, the interior of the pan gilded, indicating the gun is probably unfired, with what appears to be a platinum touchhole. Lock and reinforced cock covered with floral engraving including the top jaw and jaw screw, "R. Wheeler & Son" in a riband in the center. The rounded tail of the lock is actually made in two tiers. All brass furniture retains 100% of the original gilt and is deeply cast with elaborate representations of armor, cannons and military trophies. The English walnut stock is breathtaking with every square inch covered with silver wire inlay terminating in inlaid silver flowers and leaves. Silver wedge escutcheons also elaborately engraved with scroll motifs. Just one very small chip by the butt cap tang and a couple of tiny dents, otherwise perfect. Ivory tipped wooden ramrod with elaborate ferrule that unscrews to reveal a ball screw. Contained in decorative wooden display case with hinged glass top.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    14th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 877

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information. Sales Tax information

    Important information concerning Sales Tax and Resale Certificates. Learn More

    Terms and Conditions  |  Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments |  Glossary of Terms

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 15 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part III - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    2020 February 22 - 23 Americana & Political Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $2,349,427