H.W .Mortimer & Co. London Gun Makers To His Majesty
A Pair of The Finest Quality Duelling Pistols by H.W. Mortimer & Co., with owners crest and of similar form to those made for Rufus King, Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Great Britain, see H. Lee Munson, The Mortimer Gunmakers 1753-1923, pp. 167-171.
With browned swamped octagonal barrels each signed "H.W. MORTIMER & CO. LONDON GUNMAKERS TO HIS MAJESTY" in two lines towards the breeches and decorated with gold-inlaid lines at the breech, fore-sights, each pistol with rear-sight of one standing and one folding leaf, patent breeches decorated with gold lines and trophy of arms, gold lined touch holes and flash pans, border engraved tangs each decorated with gold-inlaid foliage and small martial trophy's, signed engraved flat bevelled detented and bolted locks each with stepped tails, figured walnut half stocks with chequered butts with carved spirral fluted pommels, set triggers, engraved blued iron spurred trigger-guards with pineapple finials, silver shield escutcheons engraved with owners crest, silver barrel wedge plates and fore-end caps, original horn tipped ramrods one with worm, much original finish remaining to the entire pistols, set in their original fine mahogany lined and fitted case with full compliment off accessories, 10.5 inch barrels. The Crest and initials are those of Arthur Macnamara (1783-1851) of Llangoed Castle, Brecon and Caddington Hall, Bedfordshire. Following education at Westminster School and Trinity College Cambridge he joined the 4th (Queens Own) Dragoons as a Coronet on February 1806. He was a Justice of the Peace and became High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1841.