~ Circa 1785 Holmes Of Liverpool Flintlock Muff Pistol ~
The box lock pistol has the gunsmiths name “Holmes” on the left side “Liverpool” on the other, both surrounded by a stand of arms.
The underside of the barrel also has three proof marks.
The pistol has a number of safety features as concealed weapons were easy to snag and accidentally discharge. As there is little room for a bulky trigger guard the pistol has a drop-down trigger. There is also a safety that slides forward to lock the trigger in the closed position and it has a small pin that blocks the hole in the frizzen to prevent the priming powder from spilling.
The mahogany butt is chequered to the rear with a blackened steel cartouche.
It comes complete with a flint.
~ Dimensions ~
The twist off barrel is 1.75 inches (4.5 cm) long and the overall length is 6 inches (15.3 cm).
The pistol weighs 260g approx.
~ Condition ~
The metalwork has a healthy patina.
The pistol half cocks, cocks and releases with a strong spring. The safety catch works well.
The twist of barrel will need releasing.
The drop-down trigger is a little loose and hangs slightly if shaken.
The stock is complete and a good fit.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £18 or the pistol can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.