A Fine Cannon Barrel Turn Off Flintlock Holster Pistol by Griffin. 12” overall, 5 ½” turn off 22 bore cannon barrel, with reinforcing ring at muzzles, London Proofs with Foreigner’s mark, ‘Bond Street London’ engraved on top flat. Side lock with exterior L shaped frizzen spring. Lock engraved ‘Griffin’. Engraved barrel tang. Figured walnut butt with silver mask butt cap with ‘JA’ maker’s mark but no date letter, silver side plate with trophy of arms and vacant escutcheon. Trigger guard with a flower engraved on the bow and a pointed border engraved finial
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