Percussionpistol, British, ca.1840-1850

Maker: unknown, unreadable.

Caliber: .66

Date: Between 1813-1855

Status: Fully restored, in collection

Brittisch pistol, Birmingham proofmarks.

Till about 1820 pistols and rifles used the flintlock, a flint hitting against a metal plate creates sparks witch ignite the gunpowder. In 1800 Edward Charles Howard discovered "fulminates", a substance that explodes when hit hard. With that the Scottish Rev. Alexander John Forsyth invented and patented the fist attempt of the percussion cap in 1807. It took some years and some other inventors and patents before the use really started in about 1820. It was not an immediate start of the use of only the percussion system, the flintlock stayed in existence too. (even in the Civil War 1861-1865 flintlock's rifles were used)

Names on the internet for this model pistol is often man-stopper, overcoat pistol or traveling pistol. I have no idea when it's what. It is however a big pistol!
The proof marks under the barrel tells that the Gun has been proofed at the Birmingham Proof House between 1813 and 1855. Most probably it's made around 1840.

When I bought is the condition was just fair, wood with dings, little rusty but also old rust damage taken away by someone by sanding. The nipple was broken and the channel between nipple and chamber blocked with dirt and rust.

This pistol has delivered me some hot discussions.
There were engravings on the lock plate and other parts and a makers name on the lock plate. Due to the rust damage and an earlier attempt to take that away the engravings were not complete ad the name unreadable. I finally decided to take all engravings away and make the parts look like new. The decision to restore at the first place and to a like new condition has given me hot and strong reactions on fora back than. Partly I understand but sometimes there is no middle in "as is" and restoring.

Some before and agter pictures.

The gun was marked with the makers name but I could not read it anymore. When someone could help me to the clue I would be very glad!

What I think I could read:
First word:
J_ET The T can be an L and I am not sure about all letters.
Between the words looks like a high placed small C or maybe an O. There under two points next to each other.
Last word:
CRL_N__CK       The third letter L can be a i. The N a k, the last K a X and there may have been some more letters.
I am sure about the CR.

Here the best pictures I could make. Nr.1  Nr.2

On a Dutch forum I asked for help and someone came with the name Charles Crickmay.
He would be from Lozells, handsforth. When googling I could find very little about the man and just one pair of pistols and some dates of patents.

But positive ID? I am afraid I could not say that.

More to come: Tips about restoring a gun like this.