A Fine Pair of Silver Mounted 16 bore Holster Pistols
Each pistol with 7¾ inch three stage slightly swamped barrels signed “I. BRAZIER LONDON”, stamped with London proof marks and John Brazier’s makers mark, engraved tang, convex lock engraved and signed within a banner, swan neck cock and water drains around the pan, figured walnut full stock carved with a shell behind the barrel tang, cast and chased silver mounts including long spurred butt cap with grotesque mask pommel, elaborate wrist escutcheon involving visored close helmet and trophy of arms, top quality side plate with further trophies in high relief, trigger plate engraved with a shell on the bow and a shell finial, bone tipped ram rod with worm. Both pistols in excellent condition with very fine silver mounts hallmarked in London for 1751 with the silver maker’s mark of James Brooker.
Note: John 2 Brazier was apprenticed to his father William in 1734. He became Master of the Gunmakers Company in 1750 and again in 1755. He died in 1769.