.45 caliber, 3" turn-off barrels, S/N CL3131. Brass barrels and frame, steel fittings and cock, smooth walnut grip. Frame lightly engraved with martial themes and panoplies of arms, marked Richards on the reverse and London on the obverse. London commercial proofs on bottom of frame, both barrels marked CL2131, indicating the gun was registered in County Clare during the Irish Gun Registration Act, ca 1843-1846. Flint boxlock, tap action with sliding pan-locking safety and flat, reinforced cock. At least a half-dozen London based gunsmiths with the surname "Richards" worked during the period when this gun was likely manufactured (1st quarter of the 19th century), making it impossible to determine which one actually made this pistol. A neat early 19th century English tap lock with Irish registration numbers suggesting an interesting history during its period of use.
Very good. Brass cleaned to bright with an added coat of shellac over the metal and the wood. Steel parts with a mottled, oxidized patina. Mechanically functional, good bores with scattered oxidation and discoloration, pan oxidized. Grip with bumps, dings and handling marks.
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