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A Rare 38 Bore Flintlock Box-Lock Pocket Pistol

Ref: 546

Price: £1,200

Maker: Joseph Manton

Date: 1812

With 2 ½ inch turn-off barrel engraved with a band of foliage and numbered ‘2’ at the barrel lug and at the breech, the latter with serial number, border engraved action signed on an oval against a trophy on the left, and engraved ‘London’ on a scroll against a differing trophy on the right, engraved thumbpiece safety catch also locking the steel over the rectangular pan, ring-neck cock engraved with a dolphin on each side, folding trigger within a garland, and figured flat-sided butt.

 Literature
W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, The Mantons: Gunmakers, 1966, p. 249
D.H.L. Back, Great British Gunmakers, The Mantons 1782-1878, 1993, p. 102. The footnote reads ‘It may only have been sold and not made by Manton’