Starnes James

Finds like this donít come along too often. These pistols are, for all intents and purposes, brand new.

They were made by James Starnes in Romford, Essex nearly two hundred years ago, covered with a protective coating of, probably shellac, and thatís how I came across them.

I gently wiped over the now rusty brown coloured shellac coating to reveal the most beautiful color Case Hardening.

I canít believe I was the first person other than James Starnes to see these pistols in all their untouched, unfired and even unsnapped glory.

James Starnes was recorded working in the High Street, Romford, Essex between 1823 & 1839.

A collector

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