A nice example of a mid 19th century percussion Howdah pistol, by Tyson of Whitby. These pistols associated with tiger shooting in India during the 19th century and were used as self defence in the instance that the tiger attacked the hunter. The pistol is of heavy construction, twelve inches long with six and a half inch barrels. The Damascus, sighted barrels are of .54 bore and are unusually rifled with seven grooves. Full walnut stock with steel mounts and stirrup ramrod. The percussion back action locks are in good condition and working order.