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    Fine Quality, Relief-Carved, Brass Barrel English Flintlock Holster Pistol, Circa 1780-1790. 13½" overall with 7¾" octagon to round .65 caliber smoothbore brass barrel, marked on the top flat "Goff London". Deeply struck Birmingham proofs at breech and engraved floral/ scroll work at the front and back of each flat. Pierced brass side plate with arms panoply, brass ramrod pipes, the back pipe with the tail engraved, and the front pipe with a small dent. Brass trigger guard with scroll/ acorn finial and floral engraving on the bow. Elaborate brass grotesque mask butt cap and brass wrist escutcheon displaying a panoply of arms/ cannons. Nice relief carved shell motif behind the engraved iron tang. Ketland & Co. lock with engraved decoration and scattered light pitting. Although it fits fine and functions perfectly, there is the possibility that the lock is a correct, original f/l, period replacement. The stock is overall very good with an old repair to a crack at the wrist, with no loss, using a pin that traverses diagonally from just under the tail of the lock to behind the side plate. This could easily be neatened up and made virtually imperceptible. Also a tiny spot of wood filler just forward of the lock, also easily repaired. A nice gun and the classic British officer's holster pistol of the late 18th century.

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    July, 2009
    25th Saturday
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