A Pair of Flintlock Belt Pistols by Thomas Murdoch, c. 1775

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Item ref: 2884

  • Scotland, Leith and Edinburgh
  • Brass, steel
  • 24.5 cm / 9.6 in


Private collection, Sweden

The stock of each pistol is engraved with the owner’s motto ‘SPERO DUM SPERO;’ it translates as ‘I hope whilst I breath’.

A lobe-butted pistol by Thomas Murdoch is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.