An unusual pair of rifled flintlock duelling pistols
An unusual pair of rifled flintlock duelling pistols by William Henshaw, London c 1780. The swamped 28 bore barrels are deeply cut with 8 groove rifling, struck with London Gunmakers Company proofmarks, fitted with open iron sights, and engraved W.HENSHAW-LONDON along the top flats. Figured walnut fullstocks with flattened grips, signed stepped lockplates each fitted with an anti friction bar linking the frizzen springs to the frizzens (in lieu of the conventional anti friction rollers). The actions are also fitted with a detent each surrounding the tumbler (rather than acting upon a pin inserted into the face of the tumbler). Iron trigger guards with engraved bows and acorn finials each with traces of original blued finish. Wooden ramrods with horn tips, one with a steel worm.
Barrel length 8" (20cms) Overall length 13" (33cms)