A Very Rare 140-Bore Seven-Barrelled Flintlock Box-Lock Pepperbox Revolver

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Lot 604
A Very Rare 140-Bore Seven-Barrelled Flintlock Box-Lock Pepperbox Revolver
By Henry Nock, London, Circa 1790

Sold for £ 12,000 (US$ 14,731) inc. premium
A Very Rare 140-Bore Seven-Barrelled Flintlock Box-Lock Pepperbox Revolver
By Henry Nock, London, Circa 1790
With hand-rotated turn-off barrels numbered from '1' to '6', border engraved breeches numbered to correspond, cylindrical breech-housing engraved with a medial band of foliage, border engraved action decorated with a trophy of arms on each side, one side signed within an oval, border engraved ring-neck cock (top jaw and screw replaced), engraved thumb-piece safety-catch also locking the steel, rollers, wing-headed tension adjuster on each side, the left side with engraved sliding barrel-locking catch, trigger-guard engraved with a flower-head on the bow, and figured flat-sided butt (minor bruising and rust patination), London proof marks
6.2 cm. barrels

Footnotes

  • Henry Nock took Livery of the Gunmakers' Company in 1795 and was elected Master in 1802. He was appointed Gunsmith-in-Ordinary to George III in 1789 and was the principle maker of seven-barrelled volley guns and rifles. He is recorded as having made a silver-mounted volley gun and pistol for George III, and a silver-mounted sporting rifle by him for the Prince of Wales is today in the collection of H.M. the Queen at Windsor Castle (inv. no. L154). He died in 1804

    Cf. another example by Twigg and sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms and Armour, 24 July 2003, lot 329

    This pistol fires the first five barrels individually and the last two together, giving an impressive finale
A Very Rare 140-Bore Seven-Barrelled Flintlock Box-Lock Pepperbox Revolver
A Very Rare 140-Bore Seven-Barrelled Flintlock Box-Lock Pepperbox Revolver
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