A Fine And Rare 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol Of Presentation Quality
Lot 463
A Fine And Rare 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol Of Presentation Quality
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 26,369) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine And Rare 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol Of Presentation Quality A Fine And Rare 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol Of Presentation Quality
A Fine And Rare 16-Bore Silver-Mounted Flintlock Pistol Of Presentation Quality
By J. Knubley, Gunmaker And Sword Cutler, Charing Cross, London, London Silver Hallmarks For 1786, Maker's Mark Of Michael Barnett
With sighted russet barrel profusely inlaid throughout its length in silver and gold with martial trophies, lines and running foliage, the sighting flat (fore-sight missing) en suite and signed within interlaced ribbons at the breech, large gold-lined touch-hole, tang incorporating the back-sight, signed flat bevelled lock, cock and steel all en suite with the barrel, sliding safety-catch also locking the steel, and roller bearing on a ramp on the steel steel-spring, figured full stock carved in relief with a flower-head and foliage behind the barrel tang and profusely inlaid overall with fine silver wire scrollwork, pins and silver plaques (minor losses), the last engraved with foliage and martial trophies, and with a star on the back of the butt, mounts cast and chased in relief with elaborate martial designs, inhabited by armoured figures and comprising pierced side-plate involving a figure firing a field gun, vacant escutcheon, spurred pommel with the figure of Britannia on the cap, trigger-guard with foliate engraved tang, turned engraved ramrod-pipes, gold-inlaid set trigger, and later ramrod (some wear overall)
30.8 cm. barrel

Footnotes

  • The pair to this pistol was sold at Christie's London, Antique Arms And Armour, 29 October, 1986, lot 198 (£6,050 including premium)

    John Knubley is recorded as a gunmaker in Otley, Yorkshire in 1771. He was at 11 Charing Cross in London between 1786 and 1793 and was Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales, Duke of Clarence and Prince Edward. Between 1793 and 1794 he was at 7 Charing Cross and following his death in 1794 the business was carried on by Samuel Brunn under the Knubley name until 1797
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