Thomas Tipping Lawden and Caleb Lawden of Birmingham, trading under the name Tipping & Lawden, were one of only two foreign firms licensed by Sharps to manufacture these distinctive pocket pistols in Europe and manufactured around 6,000 of them in the 1860s and 1870s in multiple variations. Since they were designed to be readily carried, most are well-worn, but this example is high condition and has beautiful engraved English scrollwork and rosettes on the vast majority of the silver plated brass frame and grips as well as border and scroll engraving and stippled grasping sections on the blued barrel group. The top rib has a German silver cone front sight, and the standing breech has a groove that serves as the rear sight. The left side of the frame has "TIPPING & LAWDEN/SHARPS PATENT," and the serial number is on the bottom of the barrel group. It comes in a hardwood case with a cleaning rod, screwdriver, and key.