Pair of box-lock pocket pistols by J.B. Thomas

A pair of boxlock pocket pistols by J. B Thomas, St. Etienne, France - ca. 1780

Details of this item

Price

 1.400

Status

Available

Region

European
(France, St. Etienne)

Period

18th century

Materials

Steel, Silver, Iron, Flint, Wood

Price

 1.400

Status

Available

Region

European

(France, St. Etienne)

Period

18th century

Materials

Steel, Silver, Iron, Flint, Wood

Description

A fine pair of box-lock turn-off pocket pistols with silver inlayed walnut stocks. The turn-off pocket pistol was invented in the 17th century and served as civil self-defense weapon. The style of these box-lock pistols are mostly seen in England and France, but were was widely traded within Europe.

This pair was made by Jean Baptiste Thomas, a skilled gunmaker who worked in St. Etienne from 1750 to 1810. Both pistols show outstanding quality and very precise firing mechanism. They feature an all steel barrel, firing mechanism and powder pan and are provided with walnut grips, layer in with silver wire. The barrels were detachable with a special set of pliers. The cannon-shaped barrels are referred to as ‘Queen Anne’ barrels and usually have segmented ribs and tapering barrels with cannon-like mouths.

The box-lock mechanism is a firing-mechanism with an internal ignition chamber and pan, being covered by the steel plate on which the hammer with flint strikes. The hammer can be cocked half-cocked and fully-cocked.

Pair of box-lock pocket pistols by J.B. Thomas

Condition

General good condition, some traces of a dremel-tool being used and some silver inlay is missing. Further excellent functioning pair.

Dimensions

Length: 18.5cm
Width: 2cm

Weight

Single: 316g. and 314g. Both: 631g.

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Provenance

Dutch private collection

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