A Fine Pair of Holster Pistols by Griffin and Tow. 15” overall, 9” round flat topped barrels with London proofs & ‘IG’ maker’s mark and engraved ‘Griffin and Tow London’. The border engraved rounded lockplates signed ‘Griffin and Tow’. Walnut full stocks with raised carved shells around tangs. Iron furniture consisting of long spur stepped buttcaps, trigger guards with acanthus finials, flat engraved sideplates, two ramrod pipes and oval escutcheons. Horn tipped ramrods, one with worm.
Good condition, one trigger guard with added screw.
Joseph Griffin was turned over to his father in 1741 and was free of the Gunmakers' Company in 1750. He was appointed Gentleman Armourer to His Majesty's Stables-in-Ordinary in 1760 and was elected Master of the Gunmakers' Company in 1761 and 1763. In partnership with his father until 1770 and with John Tow, 1771-82, he died in 1784