A Fine English Silver Mounted Queen Anne Style Turn-Off Cannon Barrel Flintlock Pistol by ISAAC SMITH, LONDON
A Fine Antique English Silver Mounted Queen Anne Style Turn-Off Cannon Barrel Flintlock Pistol by ISAAC SMITH, LONDON, circa. 1727-1756. 5", .58 caliber smooth-bore steel turn-off cannon muzzle barrel numbered "1" (most likely one of a pair). The pistol is in its original flintlock configuration. The all steel frame has fine decorative engraving on the top of the breech and "LONDON" (a bit worn in areas) and "ISAAC SMITH" just below the frizzen spring on the right side. The bottom of the breech is struck with (2) oval "PROOF" and "VIEW" marks just in front of the trigger guard as well as a "CROWN" over "F" (Foreigner's mark). Engraved steel trigger guard is the safety when pushed forward in the half cock position. The wood grip stock has a decorative raised foliage and scallop shell design around the barrel tang and is solid with light scratches and dings from years of handling. The sides of the grip stock has inlaid silver strength supports. Beautiful classic high-relief Georgian period sterling silver furniture includes a vacant wrist escutcheon, panoply-of-arms side plate, and a Lion atop a castle rampart butt cap. 12" overall length. The pistol is in good mechanical working order. Type used in the American colonies during the French & Indian War and American Revolution. A great example worthy of any museum collection...
NOTE: The pistol is in its original flintlock configuration with no replacement parts or restoration. All steel parts have areas of salt & pepper pitting from rust (some small areas worse than others).
ABOUT THE MAKER: ISAAC SMITH is one of the more well known 18th century English gun makers of the Georgian era who specialized in silver mounted Queen Anne style pistols. Former apprentice of William Maude, gunmaker, Ottley, Yorks. Gunmaker, Bond Street., allowed to prove guns and bind apprentice to Gunmakers Co., 1727-1756. He worked with gunmaker Henry Delany.