Wogdon of London: The Premier Flintlock Duelling Pistols of the 19th Century

Robert Wogdon, a London-based gunsmith, was one of the most renowned makers of duelling pistols in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. His flintlock duelling pistols, known for their precision, reliability, and craftsmanship, were the preferred choice for gentlemen of the era.

Wogdon started his business around 1764, and by the late 18th century, his reputation had spread far and wide, making "Wogdon" synonymous with the finest duelling pistols. Wogdon pistols were admired for their minimalistic design, focusing on functionality over excessive ornamentation. They were typically single-shot, smoothbore, and had long, heavy barrels for accuracy.

The signature characteristics of a Wogdon pistol included a hooked, or "swan-necked," cock (the part of the flintlock that held the flint), a roller bearing on the frizzen spring (the part struck by the flint to produce sparks), a waterproof pan, and a trigger with a very light pull. The barrels were usually made of high-quality Damascus steel, and the stocks were finely crafted from walnut. Wogdon's pistols were often signed "Wogdon, London" on the lock or the barrel.

Wogdon's pistols played an infamous role in one of the most famous duels in history, the duel between American politicians Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in 1804, where Hamilton was fatally wounded.

Although duelling was largely outlawed by the mid-19th century, Wogdon's duelling pistols remained highly sought after by collectors for their historical significance and superior craftsmanship. These exceptional firearms provide a fascinating insight into a violent social practice of the past and stand as testaments to Wogdon's skill and reputation as a premier gunsmith.
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