Antique Firearms, Swords, and Militaria
Inventory ID: 7266
A rare pair of English Naval Officers' flintlock pistols with brass cannon blunderbuss barrels and silver mounts by William Grice of Birmingham circa 1770
I have never seen another pair of flintlock blunderbuss pistols like these before. Wonderful long 8" flared round brass barrels having multiple turned bands in cannon form. At the muzzle the bore is approximately .75 cal. The rear of the barrels are engraved "LONDON" within scrolls and "W G" (William Grice who worked in Birmingham from 1766 to 1777). They are also stamped with the required gunmakers proofs. The lock plates are of brass with long pointed tails and have integral brass pans. They are engraved "W. Grice." The stocks are made of dense European walnut with knob grips and have wonderful roccoco style silver wire inlays. The escutcheons, butt caps, trigger guards, side plates and ramrod thimbles are all made of silver. The butt caps depict a lion sitting on top of a fortress behind piles of cannons and cannon balls. The silver finials on the trigger guards depict military gear and cannons surmounted by helmets. The plain oak ramrods, possibly later replacements, mount through silver beaded single pipes and thimbles. A truly wonderful pair of Revolutionary War period officer's pistols which probably saw alot of action. Included is a custom made mahogany display stand.
Return to Previous Page