Pair of pistols by Richard Parrett

These are an unusual pair of 54-bore tutenag (alloy of copper, zinc and nickel) flintlock box-lock pistols by Richard Parrett of Salisbury.

Details

Medium:
Wood, silver, tutenag
Dimensions:
20.3 x 7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
2010
Vendor:
P Dineley

These decorative pieces were intended for civilian rather than military use, and were works of art as well as firearms. The decoration employed follows that of the best gun-makers at the time (for example Henry Hadley) who sort to rival the decorative qualities of continental gun makers. They would have been carried for personal protection by somebody of wealth and importance.

Provenance

By descent to Mr P Dineley.

Venue details

The Salisbury Museum The King's House, 65 The Close, SALISBURY Wiltshire SP1 2EN 01722 332151 www.salisburymuseum.org.uk

Entry details

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