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Title London man-stopper percussion pistol
Nationality British
Period c 1840

This has all its original French polish to the stock and traces of finish to the metalwork. The calibre is approximately .54". There is a belt hook to assist concealed carriage on the person. The barrel flat is marked 'London'. Sadly, no maker, but this pistol is typical of the Bow Street Runner era.

The overall condition is excellent for the age of the piece and the barrel is lightly covered inside in dried grease. This has seen very little use. The lock is a back-action lock, which typically dates it to between 1830 and 1850 at the outside. The barrel has a false breach, which lifts out of the stock on removal of the barrel slide. To facilitate this, however, it is probably necessary to remove the belt hook and the side nail. My guess is there are Birmingham proofs on the base of the barrel, although the engraving of the trigger guard, especially the pineapple, would suggest London workmanship.

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[Firearms : Percussion Pistols : British : 19th Century]


The pommel arrived safely today... It's a nice little object and really quite tactile... As usual, it was a pleasure to do business with you and I look forward to finding something else in your stock to tempt me.

J M, UK, 09.05.2009

Just received the buckle, it's very nice!

R P, Italy, 27.10.2006