Georgian English Flintlock Tinder Lighter, Pistol Form by John Burgon


Georgian English Flintlock Tinder Lighter, Pistol Form by John Burgon, Image 1

All the iron hardware is dull brown, lightly oxidized patina, the top jaw, and its screw are later replacements. Perhaps there was once a rest that may have been removed many years ago. The brass displays an overall dull tarnished goldenrod-ochre patina Typical dings to grip. Displays well.

The boxlock frame is engraved and marked "London" right and "Burgon" left. [John Burgon; hardware man, cutler, gunmaker and flint dealer; contractor to ordinance and Hudson's Bay Company... active 1790-1822 when the name was changed to John Burgon & Sons.] This brass-frame tinder lighter with combustion reservoir has a 2.75-inch storage barrel for the tinder and spills with a turned hinged cover plate. The bag-shaped English walnut grip rates good to perhaps very good showing typical minor vestiges of time and use. The action is tight and smooth as it should be.

Date: Circa 1790

Measurement: Overall length: 7.75"

Material: Walnut grip, brass frame


SKU: 308-597

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