A Very Fine Pair of Flintlock Queen Anne Cannon Barrel Holster Pistols by Griffin. 12 ½” overall, 7” turn off 18 bore, three stage cannon barrels, reinforcing ring at muzzles, numbered '1' and '2' respectively. Breeches numbered to correspond & each engraved 'London' on top with London Gunmakers Company proof. Signed ‘Griffin Bond Street London’ beneath the L shaped frizzen spring & with a band of foliage behind, waisted border engraved tangs each decorated with foliage, border engraved actions, cocks & steels, D-shaped sliding trigger guard, safety catches each decorated with a flower head on the border engraved bow. Swelling figured butts each carved in low relief with a shell behind the barrel tang, cast and chased mounts comprising pierced foliate side plates & centred on a vacant cartouche, escutcheons each engraved with owner's crest within a foliate border, & grotesque mask caps.
In very good condition one cock expertly replaced.
Provenance:The Dr Robert Rabett Collection
Exhibited at The Craft of the Gunmaker, 1640-1870, Guildhall Museum, Rochester-upon-Medway, August 1991-January 1992, cat. no. 48
Benjamin Griffin, father of Joseph, was apprenticed to Samuel Harrison in 1719. He was allowed to prove guns by the Gunmakers' Company between 1724 and 1731, and despite being told to give up work by the Gunmakers' Company he continued trading in Bond Street between 1735 and 1770, the year of his death.