Maker: unknown, unreadable.
Date: Between 1813-1855
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.
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.