Superb Cased Pair of Silver Mounted 11 bore Officers Pistols
With 9 inch octagonal to round sighted barrels of musket bore signed in gold on the top flat “TATHAM LONDON”, two gold breech lines and gold touch holes, sparsely engraved signed bevelled locks with stepped tails, engraved safety catches, large rollers on the frizzen springs, engraved swan neck cocks, figured full stocks with horn forend caps and fully chequered butts, gold wrist escutcheons with owner’s initials in stylized script (probably TDF), engraved silver mounts including butt caps, spurred trigger guards in the French taste with floral finial, horn tipped ramrods, in their original green baize lined oak case with brass corners and recessed carrying handle, the interior of the lid with maker’s trade label with accessories including red leather covered three way flask, ball mould, turn screw, spring clamp, cleaning rod and pan brush.
Silver hallmarks for 1798 and silver makers mark MB for Michael Barnett.
Henry Tatham was born in 1770, sword cutler and Beltmaker-in-Ordinary to George III, 1798; gunmaker to Prince of Wales 1799, traded from 37 Charing Cross near the Admiralty and it is possible that these pistols were commissioned by a naval officer. The original customer would certainly have been a man of means!