A very fine Queen Anne Cannon Barrel Holster Pistol by Griffin.
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12”” overall, 5 ½” turn off 22 bore cannon barrel, with reinforcing ring at muzzles, Griffin engraved on top flat. Side lock with exterior L shaped frizen spring . Lock engraved’ Bond Street London’ with London proofs and foreigners mark. Engraved barrel tang. Figured walnut butts with silver butt cap with the archangel Gabriel blowing a trumpet, silver side plate with trophy of arms and vacant escutcheon. Trigger guard with sliding safety No visible hall mark .
Very good condition most original finish remaining silver mounts crisp and un-rubbed.
Benjamin GRIFFIN. Apprenticed to Samuel Harrison, 1719; gave up apprentice and worked as Foreign gunmaker allowed to prove guns by Gunmakers Co., 1724-31. Told to give up work by Gunmakers CO., but traded as gunmaker (Successor to Samuel Garrison), Bond St., 1735-70. Registered silversmiths mark, Goldsmiths Hall, 1743. With son, Joseph, took out Sun Ins. (No. 159594) on goods at Cross & Griffin, New Bond Street., 1757. Died 1770.