A Fine Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Tatham & Egg. 15 7/8” overall, 9 ¾” 32 bore octagonal barrels with blade fore sight signed in a gold tablet ‘Tatham & Egg’, gold line at breech, rear sight on engraved tang. Platinum touch hole, barrel numbered 847 on underside, no proofs. Case hardened wheat ear border engraved flat detented locks signed ‘Tatham & Egg’, flat French cock, narrow pan, roller on frizzen safety catch. Highly figured full stock with horn fore end cap and chequered butt with flat bottom and a silver Greek key engraved band and oval steel plate engraved ‘Tatham & Eggs Improvement No. 847’. Steel spurred D-shaped trigger guards each decorated with scrolling trophies of the arts on the border engraved bow, silver barrel bolt escutcheons, set triggers, original horn tipped ramrod with worm.
Best quality pistol in good condition, barrels with some original finish.
Joseph, son of Johann Jakob Egg (brother of Durs Egg) gunmaker, Huningue, Alsace, born 1775 (baptised as Jean Joseph). Gunmaker, Great Windmill Street, granted English Patent No. 2440 (Bending steel with heat) 1800. Traded as Egg & Walker, Gunmaker & Patent Spring Truss Maker, 59 Firth St., Soho, 1801. In partnership with Henry Tatham, as Tatham & Egg, 1801-14. Gunmaker, 1 Piccadilly (Corner of Piccadilly and Haymarket) 1814-1834; 28 Titchborne Street., 1832-4. Member, St. James Loyal Volunteers, 1808.