Object Title

Flintlock military pistol - Sea Service Pattern

Flintlock military pistol - Sea Service Pattern



Object Number



Old Tower Collection


BarrelLength12 in


Serial Number None visible


.56 in (24 bore)


Places Britain


This pistol and 74 others like it were displayed in a spiral arrangement around a reproduction Corinthian column (formed around one of the White Tower's wooden pillars) towards the northern end of Ground Floor West. They were installed in March 1998 and removed in January 2009. Their metal number discs were removed prior to installation, but the location of each pistol in the spiral was recorded for future reference. Unfortunately, during a cleaning/conservation programme carried out by Plowden and Smith around 2003-04(?), all the pistols were removed and then replaced without reference to the location record for the spiral display. This meant that on deinstallation in 2009 it was too difficult to identify which pistol was which. In some instances, close scrutiny of marks and measurements might have helped; but in others, where there is only a very basic inventory entry/description, this would have been impossible. Pending some future resolution of this issue (perhaps wholesale renumbering), in the meantime the STAR location record will show that all 75 unidentified pistols, with a Previous Location of White Tower GFW North Column, are located in the Middle Flint Tower on shelves 18a-20b.