A Very Rare Flintlock Blunderbuss Pistol by H W Mortimer. 14 ½” overall, 8 ¼” two stage flared steel barrel, engraved ‘H. Mortimer London’ on the top flat, with London proofs and H.M. barrel smith’s mark, the tang florally engraved. Stepped bolted lockplate, swan neck cock, roller on toe of the frizzen, signed in script ‘H Mortimer’. Walnut full stock with raised carving around the apron, engraved silver escutcheon, with border engraved steel mounts comprising long eared stepped butt-cap, trigger guard decorated with a flower head on the bow and acorn finial, turned ramrod pipes, with horn tipped ramrod with worm.
In good condition, cock a working life replacement, minor pitting to barrel near touch hole.
A very fine and rare blunderbuss pistol by Mortimer, only a very few early pistols were signed ‘H. Mortimer’ he then used H.W. Mortimer. Blunderbuss pistols by H.W.Mortimer are very uncommon
Ex H. Lee Munson collection.
See The Mortimer Gun Makers 1753-1926 pages 27-28 and plates 33-37
Harvey Walklate Mortimer, son of Samuel Mortimer, born 1753. Apprenticed to father 1772; free of Farriers Co. 1782; elected Assistant 1807. Gunmaker at Mr Greens ironmonger, 6 Kings Street., Lincolns Inn Fields, 1779; 89 Fleet Street. 1782-99. Appointed Gunmaker to George III 1783. Contractor to East India Co. 1796-1806. Specialised in repeating pistols and gold mounted guns for the Eastern market. Retired, 1811. Died 1819