A Very Fine & Rare Cased Pair of Silver Mounted Flintlock Duelling Pistols by Wogdon.
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15 ” overall, 9 ¾” round flat topped sighted 35 bore barrels each signed in gold ‘Wogdon London’ along the sighting flat at the breech and with a transverse band of beadwork at the rear, silver fore sights and gold lined touch holes, gold lined proof marks and Wogdon's barrelsmith's mark, tangs finely engraved with foliage, each also with a band of beadwork and incorporating the back sight, flat bevelled detented locks signed on a gold oval suspended from engraved swags, and each engraved with a rocaille on the stepped tail. Engraved safety catches, cocks and steels, the last with small roller, figured full stocks with rounded flat sided butts, cast and chased mounts comprising pierced foliate side plates each incorporating a Classical helmet and a falchion, butt caps with the seated figure of Britannia framed by rocailles and foliage, border engraved trigger guards each with acorn finial and decorated with a flower head on the bow, turned silver ramrod pipes, set triggers and horn tipped ramrods, possibly original, one with iron worm. In their oak case with some accessories including brass mounted three-way powder flask, bullet mould and loading rod. The exterior of the lid with flush fitting brass carrying handle.
Hall marked for 1778. Silver mounts by John King.
Best quality pistols in very good condition, barrels with an old rebrown.
Robert Wogdon was apprenticed to Edward Newton of Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1748. He is recorded as 'Gunmaker, at Mr. Maw's Haberdasher, Cockspur St., Charing Cross' in 1764. He carried on his business in Haymarket from 1774 until his retirement in 1802. From 1795 he was in partnership with John Barton who carried on the business following Wogdon's retirement.
Pistols illustrated in John O'Sullivan & De Witt Bailey, Robert Wogdon & Barton, John Barton, London Gunmakers 1764-1819, 2019, page 139.