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Lot 3250: Pair of Tatham Flintlock Mounted Officer's Flintlock Pistols

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Cased Pair of Tatham Flintlock Mounted Officer's Flintlock Pistols Attributed to Lt. Greenwood of the 9th Lancers

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500

A) Tatham Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 65
Barrel: 8 3/4 inch flat top round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 471
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 181
Class: Antique
Description:

Henry Tatham (1770-1835) was a well-respected English gunmaker and cutler. He was sword cutler and beltmaker-in-ordinary to George III and a gunmaker to the Prince of Wales. He was in partnership with Joseph Egg in 1801-1814. His son Henry continued the business. The smoothbore barrels have fixed blade and notch sights on the flat tops, platinum "TATHAM/LONDON" maker's marks ahead of the rear sights, single platinum bands at the breech ends, and swivel mounted ramrods. The locks are signed "Tatham" and have frizzen spring rollers, sliding safeties, and stepped tails. The locks and iron furniture have floral, martial, and border engraving. The stocks have broad checkering with "X" marks in the diamonds on the wrists and silver escutcheons inscribed "Lt. Greenwood/9th Lans." The pistols come in a fitted hardwood case with a Joseph Egg trade label, ball mold, screwdriver, punch, rod, mainspring vice, and a few balls. A printed note in the case lists: "Julius Greenwood 9th Lancers: Coronet-September 5th, 1816 Lieutenant- July 11th, 1818 Captain- June 5th, 1824 Major- December 31st 1827." These details are largely consistent with period information for the 9th Light Dragoons (prior to 1816) and 9th Lancers. Given this information, Greenwood (1799-1870) likely purchased or was presented these pistols between July 11, 1818, when he became a lieutenant by purchase and June 13, 1823, when the war office reported he purchase a captain commission. The 9th became the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers in 1830. Greenwood left the 9th c. 1833. During his time with the unit, they remained on home service.

Rating Definition:

Good with gray and brown patina, bright platinum, light pitting and general mild overall wear. Aside from a crack at the front wedge, the stock is also good and had mild wear from use and age including several small dings. Mechanically fine. The case is good with mild storage wear. The accessories are generally fine.



B) Tatham Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: British
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 65
Barrel: 8 3/4 inch flat top round
Finish: bright
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 471
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 181
Class: Antique
Description:

See "A."

Rating Definition:

Good with gray and brown patina, bright platinum, mild pitting, broken cock (pieces in the case), and mild overall wear. The stock is good aside from a repaired crack in the forend tip on the left and has some dings around the lock screw and wedge and general mild wear. Mechanically fine.



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