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Case - Pair of Pistols, John Knubley, London, Percussion, circa 1790 Object Reg. No: ST 023817

Cased pair of flintlock pistols, four barrelled.

Case of wood, with central brass monograph plate and handle engraved with the initials 'RC'.

Made by John Knubley, London active at Charing Cross 1786-1794), circa 1790.
Screw off brass barrels grooved at muzzle for barrel wrench. Box lock action with steel sliding safety catch on right hand.side, rounded steel trigger guard with engraved floral motif, steel hammer and frizzen plate, wooden grips with flat sides, brass butt cap with floral motif, silver escutcheon on back of grips left plain on both examples. Brass lock box engraved with foliate motifs and 'LONDON' on right hand.side and military accoutrements and 'KNUBLEY/ [illeg.]ING CROSS' on left hand side. A steel turning tap and slide mechanism allows the barrels to be fired in turn.

Inside of case lined with green baize and trade label of Philip Bond, Gun Maker and Sword Cutler, No.45 Cornhill London, on inside of lid. Upper left bullet compartment damaged, baize lining on inside bottom of case stained and torn in areas.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 67 mm (Height), 315 mm (Width)

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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 lock L.H. side: KNUBLEY/ [Illegible.]ING CROSS [presumably Charing Cross]
Engraved lock R.H. side: LONDON
London proof marks stamped under lower barrels
All four barrels stamped: AR 4852 [probably Irish registration numbers dating from the nineteenth century.]
All four barrels engraved with corresponding numbers to breech, 1 through to 4.

Central brass monograph plate on case engraved: RC
Manufacturer: John Knubley (Gunmaker), London, England, Great Britain, circa 1790
Retailer: Philip Bond (Gunmaker), London, England, Great Britain
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Charles Robinson Posted on 07 Mar 2010 4:42 AM
I have a precusion single shot pistol marked Knubley on the right side plate and 1848 on a silver oval on top of the handle. It has an octagon barrel, on the top flat is London and at the rear is two proof marks. These are both a crown with two crossed swords? Any info would be greatly appreciated
Discovery Centre Posted on 10 Mar 2010 11:18 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Charles, is there something in particular that you'd like to know? Sounds like a fine weapon.

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