A Fine Pair of Flintlock Pocket Pistols by Wallis of Hull.
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6 ½” overall, 1 5/8” 40 bore turn-off barrels decorated with a band of foliage at the muzzle, engraved rounded actions, struck with Private Birmingham proofs at the breech, signed ‘Wallis’ to one side and ‘Hull’ to the other, the action finely decorated within panels depicting stands of arms, ring neck cock, sliding safety catch that also locks the raised pan, folding triggers, chequered walnut butt with silver engraved cap.
Hall marked 1807
Very high quality pistols in good condition, actions very crisp.
George Wallis was one of the very best provincial gunmakers, shop in Mytongate Hull circa 1775 to 1803 when the business was carried on by his sons George and John. John died in 1811, the shop continued till about 1840.
George Wallis, "Celebrated Antiquary & Gunsmith", established a museum at his Mytongate premises by 1794. Wallis is also well known for the work he carried out for William Constable of Burton Constable Hall.
See 'Wallis of Hull', J.A.A.S, vol. IX, no. 4 (December 1978), pp. 133-181, pl. XLVI