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Old December 9, 2011, 04:21 PM   #1
sailor tom
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Need Help With Smooth-bore pistol

I have a smooth-bore pistol handed down through my family from Virginia, and before that, from England.

Simple, but elegant with some engraving on lock, hammer and trigger guard. Percussion cap lock still works.

"J. Bishop" is engraved on the lock. "London" is engraved or stamped on top of barrel. Barrel is octaginal about 8.5"long. Parts are carbon steel. No brass except tip of ramrod. Ramrod is tapered wood, with brass end for "ramming" and metal screw other end for cleaning. The grip has very nice "diamond pattern" etching. The gun has not been used much, because this etching is not worn.

Any help identifying the gun, maker, dates, etc. would be greatly appreciated. I know next to nothing about antique guns.
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