Wonderful Cased Pair of English Flintlock Box-Lock Pistols by WILSON, LONDON

$ 4,250.00

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).