A Matched pair of James Oxborrow flintlock muff pistols. James Oxborrow lived and worked in Woodbridge, Suffolk England. These pistols are circa 1823-1830. The .48 caliber screw smoothbore barrels are 1 ½” in length. The overall length of the guns is 6″. Both barrels are Birmingham proofed. The actions on both pistols are tight and fully functional. Each has the half and full cock notches. The sliding safeties, located behind the hammer of each, engage the hammers as designed. Both guns have slab sided walnut stocks fitting the frame nicely. The stocks have the normal storage and usage dings and dents but are in good condition. The metal on both pistols is devoid of finish. Each pistol has areas of light “pepper” pitting. The patina is even and matching on both pistols. The screw heads have been turned and “buggered” somewhat. The pistols are contained loosely in an early pine box of British manufacture. The interior has been replaced but without compartments. There is a combination bullet mold and barrel wrench included as well as molded bullets and a small unmarked fluted flask.
Dimensions: overall length of the guns is 6″, barrels are 1 ½” in length
Artist or Maker: James Oxborrow, Woodbridge, Suffolk England.
Date: 19th Century
Literature: W. Keith Neal and D.H.L. Back, British Gunmakers Their Trade Cards, Cases and Equipment 1760-1860, plate 441