A Pair of Flintlock Turn-off Pocket Pistols by Wilson, London, 1780

2960 1 v2
2960 3

Item ref: 2960

  • England, London
  • Steel, silver and walnut
  • 18.5 cm / 7.3 in


Private collection, USA

These fine quality pocket pistols were almost certainly made by William Wilson, whose premises were in the Minories, in London. William followed his father Richard in becoming a gunmaker and in 1760 became Master of the Gunmakers Company. After Richard’s death in 1766 William continued using his father’s mark - the initials RW under a six-pointed star - which is present on these pistols. William became a contractor and established contracts with the Board of Ordnance, the East India Company and the Hudson’s Bay Company.