A FINE & UNTOUCHED COLONIAL/F & I WAR PERIOD SILVER MOUNTED “QUEEN ANN” TURNOFF OFFICER’S PISTOL, by ISAAC SMITH, ca. 1740: In overall fine original flintlock condition. Cannon form, turnoff, .60 caliber, smoothbore, 6 3/4″ iron barrel with a silver-gray age patina, smooth surfaces, a Crown/”F” “Foreigner” mark and two (2) London Gunmaker Co. proof marks, on the side of the baluster-turned breech: also marked with a “LONDON” addrerss and with a “1” marking. Molded and carved, English burl-walnut stock/grip of classic Queen Ann design, having a well pronounced bulbous pommel and a fine, raised carved, rococo, acanthus leaf and scallop-shell, around the barrel-tang. In fine untouched condition with sharp contours, smooth surfaces, some scattered light handling marks, and 90% finish. Classic Georgian Period etched and embossed silver mounts: a deeply embossed and finely detailed Rampart Lion with Stand of Arms and vine-scroll butt-cap; a vacant scallop-shell and acanthus leaf finial wrist-escutcheon with raised/embossed borders, two rectangular grip-panels; and a martial-theme sideplate with a deeply embossed Stand of Arms with flags, cannons, armour, etc. Original iron trigger-guard with a fluted bow. In original flintlock configuration with a “Queen Ann”-type Flintlock mechanism: rounded, hound’s-tooth engraved, gooseneck hammer with its matching frizzen. The frame, en suite with a “ISAAC SMITH” maker’s signature, under the bridled powder-pan. Isaac Smith of London, UK was apprenticed to William Maude, worked 1727-56 and was recorded as a “Foreigner” in 1732. (please see H. L. Blackmore’s: “Gunmakers of London…”, pg. 81 & 180). In fine original flintlock condition, the barrel and lock with a smooth, steel-gray age-patina with some isolated patches of discoloration and light salt & pepper. Fine mounts with a silver-gray patina and some expected light tarnish. An untouched lock with its original components and fine mechanics. A nice example of a Silver Mounted English “Queen Ann” Breech-Loading “Turnoff” Officer’s Pistol, ca. 1740. Made by a recorded London Gunsmith of the Georgian Period. Overall length 12″.
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