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Pistol - Bass, London, Flintlock, circa 1770 Object Reg. No: ST 021864

Summary:
Flintlock pocket pistol with folding spring bayonet, cal. 55 bore (approx. .437), screw off brass smoothbore barrel, 7.60 cm long. Made by John Bass, London, circa 1770.
Description:
Box lock brass action with steel sliding safety catch, hammer and frizzen, engraved on both sides of lock with an oval frame surmounted by drapery. Round steel triggerguard and trigger. Wooden flat sided grips, probably walnut, with small chip in R.H.side. Bayonet is released by sliding the entire triggerguard backwards and locked in place at the muzzle with a sprung catch.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 10.10 cm (Height), 2.00 cm (Width), 20.50 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length: 7.60cm; overall length with bayonet extended: 28.20cm

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Tagged with: pistols british
Themes this item is part of: William Cole Arms Collection, Arms Collection, William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952)
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Engraved on L.H.side of lock: Bass
Engraved on R.H.side of lock: London
Stamped on bayonet: D.L
Stamped underneath breech with Birmingham proof marks pre-1813
Stamped underneath breech with fleur-de-lis
Stamped underneath breech with crown over V enclosed in an oval frame (maker's mark)
Model Name/Number: Pocket
Maker: John Bass (Gunsmiths), London, England, Great Britain, circa 1770
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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