THE CASED OFFICER'S PERCUSSION DUELLING PISTOL OF CAPT. CHARLES KEMYS TYNTE, 11TH HUSSARS
A superb long barrelled (9.75 ins) cased pistol by Mills of London, embossed with rectangular white metal escutcheon baring the lion unicorn Kemys-Tynte family crest and the inherited Wharton Barony coat of arms with motto 'Plaisir en Faits D'Armes' to the butt base, with sighted barrell engraved: 'W. Mills 120 Holborn London' and foliate-engraved lock 'W Mills Improved', half-stocked with border and scroll engraved steel mounts, white metal fore-end cap, steel-capped wooden ramrod, chequered grip, housed with loading rod, breech scraper, bullet mould, powder flask, nipple pot and key in a blue velvet-lined heavy quality mahogany case with lid with flush brass flip-handle engraved 'Charles Kemeys Tynte Esqr. 11th Hussars, with same lion unicorn family crest escutcheon.
Charles Kemeys-Tynte was born on 16 Mar 1822, the son of Liberal Member of Parliament and Lt. Col. of the Glamorgan Militia, Charles John Kemeys-Tynte and Elizabeth Swinnerton. The Kemeys-Tynte family were descended from the Plantagenet line and were Glamorganshire landowners and Whig & Liberal politicians who had claimed the Wharton Barony (hence the 'Plaisir en Faits D'Armes' crest). Kemeys-Tynte served as Captain in the 11th Hussars and Grenadier Guards, before becoming Colonel of the 1st Somerset Militia and dying on 17 Feb 1875.