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Title Flintlock side lock for pistol by Thomas Hawley
Nationality English
Period c 1680
Sold

This lock, just over 12cm long, is a typical example from the era of King Charles II. Thomas Hawley set up shop in London in 1681, producing his proof piece for the Gunmakers' Co then. He was elected Assistant in 1697 and Master of the Gunmakers' Co in 1701. He was Gunmaker to Ordnance 1682-1707, and died in 1719.

This would have been made for an overcoat pistol and has extensive strawberry leaf engraving both on the cock and the lock. All the component parts would appear to be original. It has an even grey patina overall with patches of heavy corrosion scattered throughout, particularly in the pan and the underside of the lower jaw.

Its condition is commensurate with its age. However, the area of the signature has been a little fiercely overcleaned at some point in its past.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Firearms : Flintlock Pistols : English : 17th Century]

testimonials

The 3 medals have just arrived safely - very interesting. (From your description I was expecting ribbon to be dreadful; personally, I think that the "Russian Front" is beautifully 'aged'.)

M M, UK, 12.02.2013

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005

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