A Fine, Rare Flintlock Over & Under Pistol by Tatham & Egg. 14 ¼” overall 8” tapering barrels, the upper with 8 groove rifling with fore sight, both barrels with platinum lined tablet with Tatham & Egg mark to the sighting flat and platinum line, the lower with platinum lined tablet and platinum line, platinum lined vents, engraved tang with foliate and globe design and platinum line near the back sight, stepped locks with engraved border, a sunburst and a foliate design to rear, signed 'Tatham and Egg', semi rainproof pans, rollers, bolt safety catch and 'French' cocks, figured walnut saw-handle butt with chequered grip, has provision for shoulder stock, the flat butt with fitted engraved steel band and inset plaque inscribed 'Tatham & Egg improvement', engraved trigger guard with trophies at arms and '1121' to the bows, silver escutcheon engraved with owners initial (possibly J.J.C..), original side mounted steel ramrod.
No.1121, circa 1810
Good condition, bores very good, barrels refinished, butt flat with small chip.
Joseph, son of Johann Jakob Egg (brother of Durs Egg) gunmaker, Huningue, Alsace, born 1775 (baptised as Jean Joseph). Gunmaker, Great Windmill Street, granted English Patent No. 2440 (Bending steel with heat) 1800. Traded as Egg & Walker, Gunmaker & Patent Spring Truss Maker, 59 Firth St., Soho, 1801. In partnership with Henry Tatham, as Tatham & Egg, 1801-14. Gunmaker, 1 Piccadilly (Corner of Piccadilly and Haymarket) 1814-1834; 28 Titchborne Street., 1832-4. Member, St. James Loyal Volunteers, 1808.