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A PAIR OF ENGLISH FOUR-BARRELLED FLINTLOCK TAP-ACTION TRAVELLING PISTOLS BY WHEELER & SON, circa 1815

  • Country of Origin: England
  • Maker: WHEELER & SON
  • Price Range: £5000-£10000
  • Date: 1815
  • Size: Length of each pistol 23 cm / 9 in
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Description

With turn-off barrels and their corresponding brass border-engraved faceted breeches numbered on the respective pistols “1&2, 3& – and “4&5, 6&7”. With brass box-lock actions each engraved with elaborate designs of martial trophies over the left- and right-hand sides and signed WHEELER & SON, LONDON within an oval suspended within the trophy on the left. Each fitted with rotary breech-block with twin vents and moving on a tap-lever fitted on the left, the right-hand pan fitted with sliding cut-off moving on an engraved sliding catch fitted on the right-hand side of the action, and the exposed right-hand face of the breech-block decorated with an expanded flower-head. Fitted with engraved thumb piece safety-catches also locking each of the steels, engraved iron trigger-guards, and flat-sided walnut butts with chequered spines. Birmingham proof marks, barrel-maker’s mark I over a cross or fleur-de-lys.

Surviving pairs of English multi-shot pistols of the period are extremely rare. The maker is Robert Wheeler (3), a Birmingham gun-maker also working in London, initially at 16 Staining Lane, Cheapside (1805-8). Wheeler was joined by his son, John, in 1814 and the business continued as Wheeler & Son until 1843.

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