A Fine Pair of Over and Under Turnover Percussion Pocket Pistols by J Lang. 6 ¼” overall, 1 ½” 80 bore turn off barrels. The muzzles engraved & slotted for barrel keys. The boxlock action with deep scroll engraving, signed on one side of each frame ‘J Lang, 22 Cockspur St., London’, border engraved part octagonal breeches engraved with a foliate scroll on each side flat, border engraved actions decorated with scrolling foliage and each signed in full on a scroll on one side, engraved dolphin hammers and thumb piece safety catches, folding triggers each within a foliate border. Chequered figured rounded butts each with border engraved ovoidal butt cap with hinged circular butt trap cover decorated with a flower head, and vacant silver escutcheons.
Very attractive pistols with much finish remaining.
Joseph Lang Gunmaker (opened as Gun & Pistol Repository from Wilson’s Warehouse, Vigo Lane) 7 Haymarket, 1825-52 (Shooting Gallery adjoining from 1827) 22 Cockspur St., Charing Cross, 1853-74. Became Joseph Lang & Sons, eventually amalgamating with Stephen Grant, exhibited 4 and 6 barrel revolvers, Great Exhibition, 1851. Popularised the pin-fire breechloader. Died 1869.