PLEASE CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW - MAGNIFICENT PAIR OF RARE SILVER MOUNTED NAVAL PISTOLS BY RICHARD'S, NO 114 STRAND LONDON- late 18th century with round barrels and actions cast as one in bronze alloy, foliate engraved actions marked within banners 'Richards' on the left and 'No114 Strand London' the other, frizzen springs concealed within the barrels, engraved tangs and triggers guards, globose figured walnut stocks with heavy cast silver butt caps with trophies of arms in high relief, large silver escutcheons surmounted by a corinthian helmet and crossed arms below (the escutcheons are marked with coats of arms but these remain to be interpreted), ramrod channels beneath the barrels with two pipes and hardwood, horn tipped ramrods, probably the originals. Excellent condition throughout both aesthetically and functionally, a few light wear marks to the butts but nothing of note. A really super high quality pair of pistols and much rarer than the 'Waters' type naval pistols normally encountered. Length 31.5cm, Caliber .64. An almost identical pair of Naval pistols by Richards are preserved in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia at the NRA Head-quaters in .64 Caliber. The only defining difference appears to be silver wire inlay in the stocks of those particular examples. John (1) Richards who became Free of the Gunmaker's Company in 1781. He is recorded at 114 Strand circa 1775-7, 25 Strand 1778-80 and 54 Strand 1782-1808.