Brass Flintlock Over and Under Tap Action Pistol by Henry Nock, ca. 1800
Early brass frame, made without the sliding safety for which Nock was noted, with stamped Birmingham proofs on the underside, engraved with foliage and stands of arms and the signature H-NOCK one side and LONDON other side. Round Birmingham proofed 3" brass screw-off barrels of approx. .44 cal., one barrel with the number 24" and the other marked 25". When the barrels are fully seated they align opposite the same number on the frame. Tap action lever on the side controls whether both barrels are fired together or one at a time. Iron trigger guard and one-piece walnut grips (slightly shrunken). Henry Nock was one of Englands most famous gunsmiths, bearing the royal patent of King George III and marking his pieces Gunmaker to His Majesty. Very good condition with small spots of tarnish on the brass and grease in the barrels and on moving parts. Overall length 8 1/4".
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