Rare and Fine Pair of Side/Side Tap Action Flintlocks by "Smith of London"
Fine Exquisite Pair of Flintlock Side by Side Tap Action Pocket Pistols by "Smith of London", 1.5" inch round turn-off barrels finely engraved around the muzzles , fine order and crisp condition throughout.
Fine Pair of turn-off flintlock pocket pistols approx 80 bore with rare side by side barrels for this type of pistols, barrels approx 80 bore cut inside for key ends and finely engraved around the muzzles, boxlock actions with engraved sliding top safety's that engage the steels, quality engraving to the frames with banners and signed with makers name in an oval "Smith" and repeated on the opposite sides London, tap action to the left of the frames that open the vents to either barrels, drop down triggers, flat sided walnut butt finely chequered and inset with vacant silver escutcheon's, a very desirable small pair of pistols in fine order and crisp condition.
Most probably these were made by "William Smith" 9 Appr, to John Joyner, 1766; turned over to William Shepperd, 1771, Gunlock maker, par, St James, Westminster, 1792; St. Pancras, 1800 (IR). Gunmaker, 34 Tottenham Court Rd., 1805-6 ; 2 New Lisle St., 1806-16; 59 Princess St., Leicester Sq., 1817-20; 64 Princess St., 1821-24. Granted Eng. Pat. No 3588 (Improved Gun Lock), 1812. Apptd. Gunmaker-in-Ordinary to Prince Regent, 1817; George IV , 1820 (LC 3/68-9) to Emperor of Russia (trade label), Succeeded by Samuel Smith (2).