AN 18-BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER or BELT PISTOL SIGNED WILSON,
circa 1745, with round iron slightly swamped triple-staged 8in. barrel, traces of engraving at breech, London proofs, solid top-tang, straight borderline engraved radiused lock with scroll engraved and pointed tail, French style cock and bridleless frizzen, walnut full-stock, floral apron carved around the top-tang, swollen pommel with brass long-spurred butt-cap with central grotesque mask and shell engraving to the sides, brass trigger-guard and pierced trophy sideplate, ramrod a working iron replacement
Provenance: This pistol is almost certainly the work of Richard Wilson who traded under his own name between 1730-1757, also becoming Proofmaster (1741) and who traded with the East India Co., The Hudson Bay Co., The Royal Africa Co. as well as the Board of Ordnance
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