Object Title

Flintlock military pistol

Flintlock military pistol

Date

1788

Object Number

XII.801

Provenance

Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Similar in pattern to the all-steel type by Bissel, this example has a brass frame, with rams-horn butt, steel lock and furniture.A thin steel ramrod is fitted. The round barrel is located in the frame by means of a hook and slot, and is retained by a steel tang screw.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall: 12.6 in (320 mm), Barrel: Width: 2 in (55mm), Height: 5.5 in (140 mm) Weight: 1 lb 6 ozs (0.5 kg)

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number none visible

Calibre

.556 in (27 bore)

Inscriptions and Marks

View and proof marks.

Associations

Places England

Notes

These pistols are probably those issued to the 74th and 75th Regiments (2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry and 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders) in or soon after 1788.
They appear to have been purchased privately by the colonels of the regiments concerned.