Object Title

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol

Date

1650

Object Number

XII.5413

Provenance

Formerly P18, purchased with other objects, 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House.

Physical Description

The lock is of type 5 design and is held in place by 3 sidenails. The top jaw and screw are resorations. The stock is typical of mid seventeenth century holster pistols. There is a ramrod that may be original and a screwed on wooden buttcap with an iron band. There have been extensive resin repairs. The forward 2 3/4 in. of the fore-end and the fore-end band are restorations as is the brass rammer pipe. The tapered barrel is of octagonal cross-section for its entire length and is held in place by 2 pins.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length of barrel: 16 in., Length overall: 23 3/8 in. Weight: 2 lb 2 oz.

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.59 in

Inscriptions and Marks

The lockplate is struck with fleur de lys R MURDEN fleur de lys. The firest fleur de lys is apparently overstruck. On the top left flat of the barrel are the London Gunmakers' Company view and proof marks. On the top right flat is a possible RG in a rectangle.