A Fine Paktong Flintlock Muff Pistol by Hugh Verncomb of Bristol.
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5” overall, 1 1/8” ring turned 100 bore cannon barrel, Birmingham view and proof marks. Finely engraved box lock action, signed ‘Verncomb Bristol’. Ring necked cock with sliding safety trigger guard on a very fine silver inlaid walnut grip with silver grotesque mask butt cap.
In good crisp condition, cock restored
Hugh Verncomb of 21 Clare Street Bristol from about 1720- to1770, was something of a specialist maker of small pistols with silver wire inlay.
Hugh Verncomb was one of the better provincial gunmakers, see Great British Gunmakers 1740-1790 by Neal & Black page 117