A fine Pair of Flintlock Brass Pistols by Nicholson of London.
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12” overall, 6” two stage octagonal to round barrels, London proofs. Ramrods to the underside, one with worm, border engraved box-lock actions signed '45 Cornhill LONDON' within a ribbon, and to the left 'NICHOLSON' . Ring necked cocks,sliding thumb piece safety catches that also lock the pans, figured walnut butts with brass long eared butt caps, silver shield shaped escutcheons and steel trigger guards.
Very attractive pistols in good condition.
William Nicholson - Free of Gunmakers Co. by redemption 1780. Took Livery 1788. Elected Assistant 1790; Master 1793. Gunmaker at 17 Houndsditch 1779-86; 45 Cornhill, 1786-94. Contractor to East India Co. 1779-94.