Cased Pair of French & Indian War Pistols by I. Buckmaster, Working 1730-1763,London
In North American Leather-Bound Casing
Joseph 308-446_Cased Pr Buckmaster Pistols_1308-446_Cased Pr Buckmaster Pistols_1308-446_Cased Pr Buckmaster Pistols_1308-446_Cased Pr Buckmaster Pistols_1308-446_Cased Pr Buckmaster Pistols_1 listed as working in London 1730-1764 apprenticed to William Buckmaster; free of Gunmakers Company 1728. Proof piece,1730; elected Assistant, 1740, Master,1746, 1757. Gunmaker Hudson’s Bay Company, 1745-1764; Ordinance, 1756-1760. Convicted and fined for receiving arms bearing the King’s Mark in 1761. Died 1764.
Rarely do true matched pairs of this British export quality, dating to the 1740-1760 period present themselves for sale, especially cased in North America. The pistols feature gilt brass barrels, brass lock plates, trigger guards; fancy pierced and engraved side-plates, butt plate, thumb pieces and rammer ferrules; all furniture is engraved and shows appropriate smooth surface wear.
Only the lock parts and tangs are steel. The guns are .69 caliber with swamped round barrels being 7.5-inches in length; overall length is: 13.5”. The barrels are proofed and display cartouches; London proofs and Joseph Buckmaster’s heart over “IB" mark. Full walnut stocks displaying nice color and patina; butt caps having long engraved tangs; long narrow pointed lock plates ornamented with simple engraving…no bridle for the frizzen, no visible screw for sear bridal. All furniture is lightly and plainly engraved and displays appropriate smooth surface wear and good color. The pistols are 13-inches long overall; ramrods with horn tips and steel worms may-or-may-not be original; good color, less oxidation where protected by pipes. We consider most ramrods of this period to be suspect. The forend stock of one of these pistols was long-ago restored just ahead of the swell out to the muzzle…approximately 3”. We note that one frizzen is slightly different than the other suggesting that one frizzen may be a working period replacement.
The vintage case is a colonial type, sufficient for use on the frontier before and during the French and Indian Wars. The wood case is covered in leather and decorated with dozens of brass upholstery tacks; leather is well worn, still supple with no tears. The case retains its functioning lock and working key. The interior partitions and lid are lined in a coarse green worsted cloth. The case contains lead balls, and a piece of sheet lead, a combination tool, spare flints, and a small powder horn. Case dimensions: 9.5 by 11.4 by 3.25”. Mechanics are very good, one of the pistols hangs up.