Joseph Rose – Gunsmith or Retailer?

We have long wonder the origin of gun parts found at the Forge. It would appear that the Rose family were buying guns from Birmingham and badging them with their name. These guns were probably sold through their Ironmongers Shop in Market Place Spalding around 1800.

They may also have been repairing guns and hence the parts.

This all came to light when I was contacted by David J W Stroud of Ramrod Antiques.

He had a pair of Percussion Muff Pistols Retailed By Rose, Spalding.

Pair of Percussion 100 Bore Muff Pistols by Rose of Spalding.
Approx: 5.1/2″ Overall with 1.3/8″ Round Barrels with key lugs.Hounds Tooth engraved muzzles. Birmingham Proofs. Acanthus leaf engraved frame and top tangs. Frame engraved ” Rose, Spalding” Unusual shape to grips with white metal diamond shaped escutcheon. Folding Triggers.
Condition: Traces of original blue to barrels but has light rusting patches throughout. Mechanically fine with a very tight actions and main springs.

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