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"Queen Anne" Screw-Barrel Pistol

Origin: Britain, England, London
Overall: 11 1/4" Barrel: 7" Bore: .60 caliber
Iron, steel, wood and gold
Gift of Tamara Mitchell
Acc. No. 2016-174
Classic "Queen Anne" screw barrel pistol of the middle decades of the 18th century by either John or Joseph Hall of London. Integrally forged lock, breech and grip strap with mated barrel, all of which are engraved. Checquered bag-form grip dates from a late 18th c. refurbishment, likely executed at the same time the vent received a gold lining.
Label:Made by either Joseph or James Hall of London during the mid-18th c., this pistol is of the "Queen Anne" type distinguished by its sleek lines and breech-loading screw-barrel system. Designed to fire a ball that was slightly larger than its bore, it packed quite a wallop, making such pistols extremely popular during the period. This example received a new checkered stock towards the end of the 18th c., perhaps at the same time its vent or "touch hole" was lined with gold.
Provenance:From the collection of Dr. George W. Mitchell, III
Mark(s):Breech struck with the View and Proof marks of the London Gunmaker's Company, with a faint, incomplete maker's mark containing a ". H" between. Both breech and barrel engraved with the numeral "1," denoting that this pistol was once part of a pair, and that each was fitted with its correct barrel.