A Very Rare Percussion Cap Tester Or Cannon Ignitor Of Pistol Form

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Lot 197*
A Very Rare Percussion Cap Tester Or Cannon Ignitor Of Pistol Form
By R.T. Pritchett, 86 St. James' St.t., London, Rifle Manufacturer To H.M. War Department, Circa 1860

Sold for £ 1,875 (US$ 2,331) inc. premium
A Very Rare Percussion Cap Tester Or Cannon Ignitor Of Pistol Form
By R.T. Pritchett, 86 St. James' St.t., London, Rifle Manufacturer To H.M. War Department, Circa 1860
With signed border engraved flat lock with barrel-shaped nipple-bolster and tubular extension beneath, the latter with brass terminal, border engraved brass body flat along the opposite side and signed in full, threaded mainspring tensioner, chequered figured rounded butt, and plain trigger-guard (some wear and minor rust patination)
26 cm.

Footnotes

  • Robert Taylor Pritchett is recorded at 86 St. James's Street between 1856 and 1862. He was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company in 1854 and, together with W.E. Metford, was the inventor of the Pritchett rifle bullet in 1853. Elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1861, he retired in 1865 and took up art. In 1868 he illustrated Scott's British Army, and became Private Painter in Watercolours to Queen Victoria. He died in 1907

    For an almost identical example and for further information, see R.I.W. Kempers, Eprouvettes..., 1998, pp. 137-138, fig. 143, pl. 19
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