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c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards
  • c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards

c1790 George III Pair of Duelling Pistols by John Richards

Price:

£3,500.00


Product Description

A very nice pair of late 18th century Georgian Gentleman’s Duelling Flintlock Pistols by the renowned gunsmith John Richards of Birmingham.

The pistols are quite sober, which makes them more likely to be duelling pistols as bright decoration was seen as distracting. The pistols have a steel barrel, with a chequered walnut grip stock. The round and octagon barrels measure 22 cm (8 5/8 inches) with front sights. The stock is full length and the fittings are steel. The trigger guard with extended tang is engraved and finishes in an acorn finial. The mechanism works well and is nice and crisp. There are safety catches to keep the pistol on half cock. The lock plate is engraved JOHN RICHARDS, whereas the top of the barrel seems to be marked JOHN RICHARDS LONDON. There are also proof stamps, as well as what seems a pair of museum catalogue numbers, stamped into each barrel (F1492 and F1493). The stocks are in very good condition with wooden ram rods. The metal has a grey patina with some spotting of old oxidation. Both pistols are in working order. Calibre is 15 mm (0.59”).

John Richards was a Birmingham Gunmaker, who is recorded in Bailey & Nie's book 'English Gunmakers' as having premises at 17 Colemore Street, Birmingham in 1769. The significance of the London mark on the barrel is that of a marketing ploy, as London makers were considered better.
As antique flintlock pistols these guns do not require any licence to possess them in the UK, unless they are intended for shooting with. The laws in other countries may vary.

Size: 35 cm (13 ¾ inches)
Weight: 1440 g

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