The Art of London Firearms
Metropolitan Museum of Art
From around 1780 through 1830, London was one of the most important centers of gunmaking in Europe. During this period, the city's leading gunsmiths developed and continually refined a distinctly English style of firearm, which is immediately recognizable by its elegant proportions, restrained use of ornament, precision workmanship, and ingenious technical features. The finest examples rank among the most stately and distinguished in the history of gunmaking.