DescriptionEnglish 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.
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