A Fine 54-Bore Flintlock Rifled Turn-Off Pocket Pistol
Lot 320
A Fine 54-Bore Flintlock Rifled Turn-Off Pocket Pistol
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 6,846) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine 54-Bore Flintlock Rifled Turn-Off Pocket Pistol A Fine 54-Bore Flintlock Rifled Turn-Off Pocket Pistol
A Fine 54-Bore Flintlock Rifled Turn-Off Pocket Pistol
By Robert Harvey Of London, Circa 1710
With turn-off cannon barrel cut with eight grooves and with raised mouldings fore and aft, the breech signed between engraved foliate scrolls, border engraved tang decorated with scrolling foliage, signed rounded border engraved lock decorated with strawberry foliage, rounded cock (top jaw and screw replaced) and steel engraved en suite, moulded figured half-stock (repaired beneath the lock) with raised panel around the barrel tang and inlaid with silver wire scrollwork and silver dots along the back of the globose butt, chiselled serpentine side-plate with pierced looped tail, long foliate engraved trigger-plate and fore-end plate, and baluster trigger without guard, London proof marks
6.5 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    W. Keith Neal Collection, P559
    Bonhams Knightsbridge, Fine Antique Firearms from the W. Keith Neal Collection, 10 November 2005, lot 91

    Literature:
    W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers 1540-1740, 1984, pp. 355-356, pls. 148a, b, colour pls. XXV and XVI. According to the authors the pair to this pistol (in the Kingston-upon-Hull Museum and Art Galleries, Humberside) was exhibited in the '1776' exhibition held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 14 April to 2 October 1976, cat. no. 204 (illustrated)

    Robert Harvey was apprenticed to Henry Anthonison and turned over to John Dafte in 1691. He was made free of the Gunmakers' Company in 1702, and was elected Master in 1725. He died in 1734
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