A Very Fine Pair of Flintlock Carriage Pistols by Wogdon.
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11 ½” overall, 6 5/8” swamped octagonal 32 bore sighted barrels signed ‘Wogdon London’ in gold along the top flats and engraved with a line of chevrons at the breech. Silver blade fore sights with ‘spider’ bases. Foliate engraved tang stamped underneath ‘RW’ & London proof mark, stepped bolted flat lock signed ’WOGDON’ in ovals with tapestry accents. Flat chamfered swan necked cocks, semi waterproof gold lined pans of gull wing shape, frizzen spring rollers, stepped tails, and sliding safeties that also engage the frizzens. Walnut figured full stock with swelling butt, silver fore ends and barrel slide escutcheons border engraved steel mounts comprising trigger guard with pineapple on a leafy plinth finial and decorated with a Union shield in a floral spray on the bow. Turned ramrod pipes, and ramrods, one with iron worm. Circa 1780-85
A very fine pair of small carriage pistols with unusually small 3 ¼” long locks. In very good condition, one right hand cock and one ramrod replaced. Comes with a receipt from Christies, Manson & Woods Ltd. from 1965.
These are believed to be the smallest carriage pistols made by Wogdon.
Provenance: The Richard P. Mellon Collection. Sold by Christies, Manson & Woods Ltd. 1965
See John O'Sullivan & De Witt Bailey, ‘Robert Wogdon & Barton, John Barton, London Gunmakers’ 1764-1819, 2019, pages 228 & 230 for near similar Wogdon’s
Robert Wogdon was apprenticed to Edward Newton of Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1748. He is recorded as 'Gunmaker, at Mr. Maw's Haberdasher, Cockspur St., Charing Cross' in 1764. He carried on his business in Haymarket from 1774 until his retirement in 1802. From 1795 he was in partnership with John Barton who carried on the business following Wogdon's retirement.