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Flint-lock pistol: M.15-1981

Object information

Maker(s)

Trigger guard King, John (silversmith) (Silversmith)
Barrel, lockplate Henshaw, E. (Gunsmith)

Description

Brass barrel, octagonal at the breech, changing to circular. Steel flint-lock and lockplate. Butt of wood with silver furniture comprising butt-cap in the form of a grotesque mask, trigger-guard terminating in an acorn, ramrod pipe, and escutcheon in the form of a trophy of arms with script DJ or DT in monogram on the shield. Wooden ramrod with horn head.
Marks: On the top of the barrel 'E. HENSHAW. CAMBRIDGE'. On the left side 'WH', crown over V in oval punch and crown over P in oval punch. On the lockplate 'E/HENSHAW'. On the butt end of the silver trigger guard (a) Lion passant; (b) Leopard's head; (c) date letter d for 1779-80; Maker's mark I-K for John King. Makes a pair with M.16-1981.

Notes

History note: R.J. Wigington Esq., Arbour Antiques Ltd, Poet's Arbour, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Measurements and weight

Length: 34 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Cambridge (Cambs.) ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1981-06-08) by Arbour Antiques Ltd.

Dating

Late 18th century
Circa 1779 CE - 1780 CE

Note

Henshaw resided at The Black Bull Inn, Trumpington Street, near St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. He died in 1794.

Components of the work

Ramrod composed of horn wood (plant material) Butt composed of wood (plant material) Butt Furniture composed of silver Flint-lock composed of steel Lockplate composed of steel Barrel composed of brass (alloy)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E. HENSHAW. CAMBRIDGE
  • Location: On top of barrel
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: crown over V in oval punch and crown over P in oval punch

  • Text: WH
  • Location: Left side barrel
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: E/HENSHAW
  • Location: On lockplate
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: lion passant, leopard's head, date letter d for 1779-80, and I-K for John King the maker

  • Location: On butt end of silver trigger guard
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: escutcheon in the form of trophy of arms with script DJ or DT in monogram on the shield

  • Text: DJ or DT
  • Location: On escutcheon
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1981
Primary reference Number: 19582
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 27 November 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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