Very good condition. Minimal shelf wear with some fading to cover. Tight binding. Internally clean and bright.
This profusely illustrated monograph traces the history of the flintlock pistol from the time of its introduction in the sixteenth century until it's eventual redundancy in the nineteenth century.
For nearly three hundred years the flintlock served soldiers, pioneers, householders and highwaymen all over the world. It was a weapon that was simple and sturdy, robust and reliable; yet every single piece was unique, for even the cheapest was handmade. With this romantic background and individual appeal, flintlock pistols hold a special attraction for the collector of antique fire arms. Although they all had the same basic mechanism, the pistols acquired certain characteristics determined by date and nationality which offer the collector opportunities to specialise. And since they enjoyed such a long working life, flintlock pistols were produced in quantities sufficient to ensure that a large enough number survived to provide collectors with a chance and hope of acquiring pieces at prices that are not unreasonable.
The author, Mr F Wilkinson, is Secretary of the British Arms and Armour Society. He includes and illustrates in The Flintlock Pistol carefully selected examples which constitute a guide to the changes in style and decoration over the three centuries. There are single, double and triple barrel pistols as well as pistols with spring bayonets; and the examples - the majority of which have been specially photographed for this book - have been gathered from England, France, Germany, Scotland, Spain and the United States. Further illustrations show special points of detail, and there are diagrams to explain the lock mechanism and how the pistol worked. The author includes advice on collecting, guidance in dating and, aditionally, a bibliography and list of public collections exhibiting flintlock pistols.