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Title Small pistol lock
Nationality English
Period c 1750
Price £90.00

This little lock (just under 10cm long) is representative of a typical mid-18th century handgun lock and, in all probability, would have been carried by an officer or gentleman for personal defence. There are no maker's marks or other indications of origin and this could just possibly be French rather than English.

It is a little bit on the scruffy side. The top jaw and screw have been replaced, somewhere in the 20th century, I suspect. The action works, but the bents of the tumbler are somewhat worn and the sear only holds on full cock. A small matter of adjustment with a needle file would probably sort this out. The screw threads on the lock are still in good order and, apart from the replacement top jaw and screw, everything else is original.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Firearms : Flintlock Pistols : British : 18th Century]


The tropical belt and buckle turned up on time and I am very happy with it and it has been a pleasure doing business with you.

D F, UK, 16.03.2016

The goods are safely in and I am delighted. Many thanks for the outstanding handling of this order and I hope we can do many more.

M R, USA, 03.04.2009