Object Title

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol

Date

1650

Object Number

XII.5414

Provenance

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

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number None visible

Calibre

.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

Associations

Places England