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Queen Anne Flintlock Pistol
by William Perry, Circa 1780
This Queen Anne Style English flintlock pistol was probably once one of a pair. It has a turn-off barrel that resembles a cannon. The barrel and breach are marked with the number "1" near the unscrewing lug. Its walnut stock has a silver escutcheon, silver side plate, silver butt-cap and inlaid silver wire. The butt-cap features a grotesque mask. The pistol has a sliding trigger guard safety. Sliding the trigger guard forward with the pistol half-cocked, locks the trigger and the cock. "W. PERRY" is engraved on the underside of the breech along with early Birmingham proof marks, a Crown over a "P" (the gun-makers proof) and a Crown over a "V" (the "view mark").
Type: Pocket / Belt Pistol
Style: Queen Anne Flintlock
Country: England
Overall Length: 9 1/4 inches
Barrel Length: 3 1/4 inches
Weight: 15.1 ounces
Bore: .485 inches, Smooth
Stock: Walnut, Ball Butt style

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William Perry, West Bromwich (Staffs.) Gunlock Maker, 1756-1771
Gunmakers of London Supplement 1350-1850 by Howard L. Blackmore. Museum Restoration Service, Bloomfield, Ontario, 1999.

William Perry, Ordnance Lock Contract 1756-1757
British Board of Ordnance Small Arms Contractors 1689-1840 by De Witt Bailey, W.S. Curtis Publishers, N. Wales, UK, 1999.

Perry and Wm. Perry, London and Birmingham Circa 1780, Names Appearing on Firearms
British pistols and Guns 1640-1840 by Ian Glendenning, Cassell and Company 1951

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