Robert Wogdon of London was active c. 1760s-1803 and was among the best pistol makers in London in the 18th century. Double barrel pistols from his shop are less well-known than his dueling pistols. The swamped Damascus barrels have silver blade front sights with "spider" bases, "Wogdon" and "London" inlaid in gold, gold bands at the breeches, gold vent liners, and engraved borders at the breech. The standing breeches have large notch rear sighs and floral engraving. The locks have "WOGDON" signed in ovals with tapestry accents, gold lined pans, frizzen spring rollers, stepped tails, and sliding safeties that also engage the frizzens. The wedge plates and forend tips are silver. The trigger guards have floral and martial engraving, including pineapple style finials. The stocks are plan and have bag shaped grips. A pair of custom wood display stands and receipts from Christies, Manson & Woods Ltd. from 1965 listing the pair as carriage pistols from c. 1780 are included.
Good with mix of brown patina and period refurbished brown finish visible on the barrels and locks, most of the original gold remaining, aged patina on the silver, gray and brown patina on the trigger guard, replacement right cock and left cock screw, and mild overall wear including some light pitting. The stock is also good and has light dings and scratches, some chips and repairs around the left lock mortise, and smooth oiled finish. Mechanically fine.
See "A." Provenance: The Richard P. Mellon Collection
Good with mix of brown patina and period refurbished brown finisb visible on the lock and barrels, some traces of original case colors, most of the bright original gold remaining, aged patina on the silver, mostly brown patina on the trigger guard, and some mild oxidation and pitting. The stock is also good and has minor scratches and dings, faint repairs on the left by the lock, and glossy finish. Mechanically fine.
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