English Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol by, W. STAPLES, LONDON, #3136 Firearms
A Fine English Georgian Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol for an Officer or Gentleman made by, 'W. STAPLES', circa. 1760. 8", .62 cal. round brass barrel struck on the upper left side of breech w/(2) private PROOFS and the barrel maker's mark; a 'CROWN' over 'WS' (William Staples). Original flint. Classic Georgian engraved brass furniture with open worked side plate and Grotesque Mask butt cap. Lock has nice decorative engraving and maker's name; 'W. STAPLES'. Stock has fine decorative relief carving around the barrel tang; a period restoration on both sides of the fore-end of muzzle (very hard to detect), scratches and dings from years of service. Original horn tipped wood ram rod with worm. 14" overall length. Type of pistol favored during the French & Indian War and American Revolutionary War.
William Staples; Gun maker, Birmingham, c. 1750-1770. Proofed in LONDON.