A Very Fine & Rare Silver Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistol by Wogdon.
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15” overall, 10” octagonal sighted 28 bore barrel signed in gold ‘Wogdon’ in an oval tablet within an engraved star burst, a gold rearing lion stamp & engraved ‘London’ along the sighting flat. Gold lined breech with a transverse band of beadwork at the rear, blade fore sight & gold lined touch holes, proof marks and Wogdon's barrelsmith's mark on under side. Tang finely engraved with foliage & band of beadwork & incorporating the back sight, flat bevelled detented lock signed on a gold oval suspended from engraved swags, each engraved with a rocaille on the stepped tail. Engraved safety catch, cock & steel, figured full stock with rounded flat sided butts, cast & chased mounts comprising flat engraved side plate with a trophy of arms, butt cap with the seated figure of Britannia framed by rocailles & foliage, engraved trigger guard with pineapple finial & decorated with a flower head on the bow, turned silver ramrod pipes, set trigger & horn tipped ramrod.
Hall marked for 1784.
Very best quality pistol in very good condition. Original finish to barrel. Trigger plate restored, (cracked). Engraved flat side plates which are only on Wogdons very best work are known on two other pairs one in the Royal collection and one at the Naval Museum at Greenwich.
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.
Similar Pistols illustrated in John O'Sullivan & De Witt Bailey, Robert Wogdon & Barton, John Barton, London Gunmakers 1764-1819, 2019, & 164/5 &172/3.