A Rare English Flintlock Wender Holster Pistol by P. Bond.
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14 ½” overall, 8” turn-over two stage 16 bore barrels with octagonal breeches engraved with wheat ear bands, London proofs and ‘TH’ barrel smith’s mark, breech tang florally engraved, with back-action Trophy of Arms engraved lock signed ‘P. Bond 45 Cornhill London’ in a tablet, retained by a single screw, the shaped plates carrying the pans and frizzens with roller on springs. The barrel released by a spring catch on pulling back the steel florally engraved trigger guard. Figured chequered walnut butt, one side with horn tipped ramrod, silver oval escutcheon
Very good condition, Wender pistols are very rare in English gun making.
William Bond 1768-1776 was the founder of a family of gunsmiths in London and was active in gunsmithing until 1776. From 1776 to 1800 Philip Bond and had a shop at 45 Cornhill, London.1794-1816 Made brass barrel flintlock pocket pistols with underspring bayonet, and flintlock blunderbusses with spring bayonet. Edward Bond at 45 Cornhill, London, was active from 1800 - 1830. Made flintlock holster pistols with swivel ramrod and double barrel flintlock carbines with top-spring bayonets. William Bond was located at 59 Lombard Street, London, from 1830 to 1850. Made cased percussion travelling pistols of fine workmanship. Edward William Bond (probably son of William) was active 1850 to 1861. Made cased percussion pepperboxes. Edward Bond was active 1861 to 1870 and Edward William Bond (probably junior) from 1870 to 1879.