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Pair of Pistols - Parkes, London, Percussion, mid 19th century Object Reg. No: ST 021907

Pair of percussion pistols, pocket. Cal. 45 bore (.469 in.)

Marked as made by Parkes, London, but more likely to have been made by Bejamin Parkes (active 1829-1852) or Isiah Parkes (active 1853-1900), both of Birmingham.
Screw off, smooth bore, octagonal barrels 4 in. (401 mm.) Long, U notch backsight. Nickel silver bead foresight. Overall length 8 5/8 in. (219 mm.).

Nickel silver lock box engraved with foliate scrolls, side hammer, oval steel trigger guard. Finely chequered stock terminates in round butt, silver monogram plate.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr William Cole, 1943
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: pistols british
Themes this item is part of: William Edwin James Cole, Gun Collector (1864-1952), Arms Collection, William Cole Arms Collection
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel "Parkes, London."

Birmingham proof marks.
Model Name/Number: Pocket
Maker: Parkes (Gunsmiths), London, England, Great Britain, 1840-1870
Maker (Possible): Benjamin Parkes (Gunsmiths), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1840-1852
Maker (Possible): Isaiah Parkes (Gunsmiths), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1853-1870
Collector: Mr William Cole, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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