Richard Hollis & Sons .66 calibre single shot percussion pistol. Back lock action with a scroll design and engraved with ''RICHD HOLLIS & SONS'' on the metal plate attached to the curved handle. "London Fine Damascus Twist" is engraved on top of the octagonal barrel and "Gardnir" has been roughly engraved above the captive metal ramming rod on the right hand side of the pistol. The front sight is a brass wedge post. The wooden stock has a chequered grip, back strap and a cap box in the rounded butt. The barrel is held to the stock by a single wedge and has a hook breech. It has a small oval escutcheon plate on the left side of the wrist. The furniture on the stock appears to be German silver. No serial number.
Thelma Brown collection
Frank Gardiner (real name Francis Christie) operated as a notorious bushranger in the gold regions of southern New South Wales in the 1860s. He is probably best known for commanding the daring armed hold-up of the Lachlan gold escort at Eugowra Rocks between Forbes and Orange, with accessories John Gilbert, Ben Hall and others, and making off with 2,700 ounces of gold, fetching a value of over £14,000. Defiant in the face of police who spent the next two years searching for Gardiner, he assumed legendary status in colonial Australia.
Richard Hollis & Son
Steel, Wood, Brass