An impressive large handheld firearm from the Age of the British Empire, this pistol would have intimidated an opponent without having to be fired. Making an lasting impression is only part of the purpose of the spring-loaded triangular punch bayonnet, with its sliding release. The maker's mark of T. Aston is on the small inlaid, indented oval on one side of the lockplate, recessed.
The pair of barrels, 28-bore, have no sight, although the locking mechanism for the bayonnet would serve if the blade is removed. The steel shows some its age, while the hardwood stock is very clean and polished, with the checkered-carved grip and smooth butt. The spine escutcheon is a plain silver rectangle where an owner would personalize their weapon. Dual cocking hammers, one with a slight tip broken away are directly linked to the twin, staggered triggers. This is a fierce and beautiful gun of a unique configuration, with Birmingham proof marks from a private gunsmith.
Pistol Measures 16 Inches Overall, 23½ with Blade Open
9¾ Inch Barrels and a 8¾ Inch Bayonnet.
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