A Rare And Large Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols

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Lot 427
A Rare And Large Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
By Bumford, John 2, London, Circa 1765

Sold for £ 8,400 (US$ 10,350) inc. premium
A Rare And Large Pair Of 28-Bore D.B. Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols
By Bumford, John 2, London, Circa 1765
With brass three-stage turn-off cannon barrels numbered from '1' to '4' at the breeches, the border engraved breeches numbered to correspond, border engraved brass actions engraved with rococo ornament and flowering foliage and each signed on a rococo scroll against a trophy of arms on the right side, and with sliding iron pan cut-off on the left (one jaw screw replaced), iron trigger-guards each engraved with a flowerhead in a diamond-shaped panel on the bow, figured swelling butts profusely inlaid with silver wire scrollwork, shells and engraved silver flowerheads, silver escutcheons each engraved with owner's monogram, and later silver grotesque mask butt-caps with Birmingham silver hallmarks for 1781/2, silver maker's mark of Charles Freeth, Tower private proof marks (2)
13.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • John 2 Bumford was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company in 1751 and 1756. He was Contractor to Ordnance between 1756 and 71, to the East India Company between 1745-73 and to the Hudson's Bay Company from 1757 until the year of his death in 1775
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