A Fine Cased Pair of Flintlock Officers Pistols by Thomas Gill.
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15 ¼” overall, 9” octagonal barrels with patent breaches and two gold lines and gold touch holes, London proofs on underside, engraved ‘London’ on the top flat, blade fore sight. Engraved tangs, stepped bolted chamfered lockplates with rollers on steel springs, signed ‘T.Gill’ French cocks, fully waterproof pans. Walnut full stocks with chequered butts. Engraved iron trigger guards with pineapple finials, silver escutcheons, iron ramrod pipes & fore end pipes. Horn tipped ramrods both with worms. In original brass bound campaign style mahogany case with some accessories including a brass three way flask, bullet mould, turn screw and loading rod . With a later T.Gill label in the lid. Lid with lifting handle engraved ‘G.A.W.Welch Arle Lodge near Cheltenham’.
Pistols are in near unfired condition, nearly all original finish, barrels bores are perfect.
The original Arle Lodge adjacent to Arle Court was an Elizabethan building part of the Manor of Regrove, this was demolished and replaced with a new Arle Court built between 1854-1858 for Thomas Walter Packer Butt. The Welch family were Lords of the Manor of Regrove from about 1600 until it’s sale in 1854. Worthy of further research.