Object Title

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol



Object Number



Purchased 15 November 1985. From the Armoury at Littlecote House (inventory no. P.19)

Physical Description

The lock is of type 5 design with a dog. It is held in place by 3 sidenails. The top jaw and screw are restorations.

The stock shape is typical of mid 17th century holster pistols. There is a ramrod which may be original. There is a domed wooden buttcap and with an iron band. There is a carved panel around the barrel tang of leaf motif and a similar panel ahead of the trigger guard. There are faint incised lines around the edges of the fore-end cap and rammer pipe.

The barrel has an octagonal breech which extends for 5 in. where it blends to a 16 faceted section. 7 1/8 in. from the breech there is a baluster, afterwhich the barrel is round. There is an incised line around the muzzle immediately adjacent to the edge


Dimensions: Overall overall: 607 mm (23.875 in), Barrel length: 418 mm (16.5 in), Weight: 970g (2 lb 2 oz)


Serial Number None visible


.56 in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the lockplate there is fleur de lys R MVRDVN fleur de lys. On the top left flat of the barrel are the London Gunmakers' Company view and proof marks


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