A Fine & Rare Flintlock Pocket Pistol by Joe Manton.
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6 ¾” overall, 2 ½” round turn off 38 bore barrel engraved with a band of foliage at the breech & numbered ‘2’ & stamped ‘5857’. Engraved case-hardened action signed ‘Joseph Manton’ on left in an oval trophies-of-arms and inscribed 'London' in a ribbon with a trophies-of-arms on the right. Folding trigger, engraved sliding thumb piece safety catch that locks frizzen, engraved tang, throat hole cock engraved with a serpent, slab sided walnut butt.
Numbered 5857for 1813.
A very good pistol in very good crisp condition.
See The Mantons 1782-1878 D.H.L.Black plates 11a and 11b for similar by John Manton and page 102
Joseph Manton brother of John. Born 1766. Served as apprentice with brother. His new method of rifling cannon and loading (with cup wads) tried but not adopted by Ordnance, 1790. Gunmaker, 25 Davies St., 1793-1807; 24-5 Davies St., 1808-10; 27 Davies St., 1811-18; 11 Hanover Sq., 1819-26; 315 Oxford St., 1820-6. Two workshops at 25 St. Davids St., Bankrupt, 1826. New business, Marylebone Park House, New Rd., 1827-8. Imprisoned for debt, 1828-9. Gunmaker to East India Co., 1796-9. Gunmaker-in-Ordinary to George IV, 1820.