Wonderful Cased Pair of English Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols by WILSON, LONDON
A Wonderful Antique Cased Pair of English Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols of the American Revolutionary War period by WILSON, LONDON, circa. 1770's. Cased, circa. 1840's. 1.5", .42 cal. round steel turn-off barrels each struck with (2) early "Crossed Scepter" proof marks. The steel box-lock frames have simple line engraving and "Wilson, London". The bag shaped slab-sided wood stocks are solid and both have light scratches and dings from years of handling. The steel trigger guards. Top mounted sliding safety when moved forward in the half-cock position. Both pistols are in their original flintlock configuration and are in good mechanical working order. A beautiful pair of pistols !
Each pistol measures: 6.75" overall.
Accessories include: a wonderful black leather covered powder flask, bullet mold, tow, lead balls, extra flints, turn screw, and wads.
High Quality Period English box Measures: 12" X 7" X 2.25" with correct thin English green baize lining (most likely restored interior). Key for front lock is missing.
ORIGINAL TRADE LABEL: "J. BLISSETT, GUN MAKER To His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex". "Guns & Pistols Bought or Exchanged". "Best Sporting Gun Powder." "321 HIGH HOLBORN, LONDON." "Repository for New & Second hand GUNS & PISTOLS OF THE MOST APPROVED LONDON MAKERS." "A Trial allowed" "All kinds of repairs" "Patent and Corrosive Caps & every Article necessary for Sportsman." "DIRECTLY OPPOSITE GRAYS INN." (circa. 1838-1854). This maker was known for buying and selling other gun makers products.
The Gun Maker: The WILSON family of gun makers date back to the very early 18th century. "I Wilson (J, James or John Wilson).