A new addition for the collection – The Whittall by Frank Clarke circa 1918. Possibly named after Whittall Street, Birmingham, England, where Frank Clarke and so many other gun manufacturers were situated. Smoothbore brass barrel “Dolla” popout style air pistol. The pin is not original and appears to be made from a nail, a piece of rubber and some type of knurled sleeve. I will commission a replica pin, true to the original, to be manufactured in due course.
Many of you may not have heard of Frank Clarke. Yet we have him to thank as one of the early pioneers that kick-started the British airgun industry. If it wasn’t for Clarke, we may never have seen the rise of the Webley dynasty. Rest assured there will be a series of articles about Frank Clarke and his numerous air pistols to come.
Until next time, happy shooting!