A RARE TAPER-BORE FLINTLOCK ALL-BRASS BOXLOCK PISTOL WITH PATENT SPRUNG BAYONET BY WATERS & CO., BIRMINGHAM, CIRCA 1785, serial no. 351,
7in. round brass barrel, the bore reverse tapering from approximately 28-bore to 4-bore with a parallel breech section, moulded bands at muzzle, private proofs, squared border engraved action with radiused edges and signed in script 'WATERS & CO' on the right and 'PATENT No. 351' on the left, central borderline engraved ring-necked cock and frizzen, sliding safe to top-tang, walnut bevel-edged slab-sided bag-shaped butt, polished iron trigger-guard bow containing two triggers, the rear releasing the concave sided triangular socket-bayonet mounted below the barrel and brass-tipped wood ramrod offset mounted to the left
Provenance: John Waters, late of 8 Snow Hill, Birmingham was granted patent 1284 of March 9th, 1781 for '...attaching bayonets to pistols' and is generally credited with the invention of the spring bayonet. This invention was strongly contested by William Grice (q.v.) who claimed it was his idea, but the patent stood
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