Pistol / Hand GunsMuzzleloaderUsed£ 2,650
The Wilson Family were extant as Gunmakers in London from 1730 to 1832 and were prolific Gunmakers turning their hand to basically anything including ducks foot pistols and Ferguson rifles!
There is quite a bit of information available on the Wilson's, so an excellent research project for the next custodian.
Brass pistols were generally manufactured as defensive weapons for stage coaches and offensive weapons for the military. They were made in brass as they were to be used at sea or in all weathers.
This interesting example has a brass “blunderbuss” swamped barrel and the top is fitted with a 3” bayonet with the release fitted on the tang. Despite popular misconception, blunderbusses did not spread shot extensively, the design was to make loading easier on a moving coach or rocking boat at sea.
The 12-bore pistol has a waterproof pan, and the lock is engraved Wilson with “London” engraved on the top of the barrel. The lock functions flawlessly and the ram rod is present, brass is in excellent order and the spring bayonet functions well with no loss of action of the spring. There is a tight old crack in the wood at the lock plate which isn’t going anywhere.
Sometimes known as boarding guns and used in cutting out parties, these pistols were designed for close combat with the back up of a bayonet as there would be no time to reload in a cutting out party at sea.
A pleasing example....Read full description