Century-old pistol discovered at coach firm
PUBLISHED: 21:00 11 October 2011
A WEAPON used to deter highwaymen from looting mail coaches has been discovered at Weston-based coach operators Bakers Dolphin.
The antique pistol, thought to date from the late 19th century, was discovered as staff cleared a storeroom at the firm’s Locking Road headquarters.
Marketing director Amanda Harrington said: “The pistol was mounted on a board with a note saying it had been used by coachmen around 1895. We believe the pistol may be much older than that and would be interested to hear from anyone who knows more about the history of firearms.”
It is believed the pistol was used to deter highwaymen from attacking the firm’s early Royal Mail coaches, with postmen required by their contract to carry firearms.
Bakers Dolphin dates back to 1889, when Charles Theodore Baker borrowed £25 from his elder brother to set up a transport business in the resort.