A Very Rare Four Barrel Flintlock Volley Pistol by W. Smith.
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8 ½” overall, 4” block with four rounded barrels formed in one piece and firing two volleys, with Birmingham proofs, single bead fore sight, the upper barrels signed respectively 'William Smith' and 'Princes St., London' within garlands, and each engraved with a broad band of foliage at the rear, broad tang engraved with a design of symmetrical foliage within a border of repeated leaves, plain locks singed ‘W. Smith’ with foliate engraved ring neck cock, rainproof pan and safety catch engaging with the steel, the latter each with roller on a ramp on the external spring. Border engraved trigger guard decorated with foliage, chequered figured rounded butt with vacant silver escutcheon and steel ramrod retained by a spring ramrod pipe.
A very rare type of pistol in good condition.
William Smith was at 59 Princes Street, Leicester Square, London between 1817 and 1820. He was appointed Gunmaker-in-Ordinary to the Prince Regent in 1817, and to George IV in 1820.