Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Fine Pair of Silver Mounted Flintlock Pistols by Edward Bate of London With Hallmarks for 1783/4. Ref: 078.16


Price £7,950

Item Description:


A fine pair of silver mounted flintlock pistols by Edward Bate of London mounted with octagonal section smooth bore brown twist barrels stamped with London proof marks and makers mark ‘EB' in a shield, the upper surface of each barrel also finely engraved with "Bate London" in scrolling script. The border engraved lockplates are each signed "Bate" in similar script. Edward Bate is recorded at Bronlow Street, Long Acre, in London, 1763-78, and Christchurch, Brixton, in circa 1800.


The pans and touch holes are lined with gold and three engraved gold bands are present in each case at the breach in front of the barrel tangs which are engraved with rococo foliage as are the silver fore ends. Each barrel is mounted with rear and foresights. The barrels are mounted onto ebonised walnut full stocks with silver ramrod mounts and under ribs with registration marks plus horn tipped wooden ramrods. Cast & chased silver furniture with the silversmith's mark "MB", with a pellet between, present on one trigger guard, probably for Michael Barnett, a London silversmith whose mark was registered in 1781, and hallmarked for London 1783/4. Each trigger guard is engraved with stands of arms and formed with acorn finials.


Barrel lengths are 9 inches (23 cm) in each case and the pistols are 14 inches overall (36 cm). Fine condition overall.


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