Object Title

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

XXVIF.22

Provenance

From the Norton Hall Collection (No396) Presented by the National Art Collections Fund 1942

Physical Description

The barrels are octagonal at the breech becoming 16 sided and then round after a moulding. There are no sights. At the breech is a section of foliate engraving, in the 16 sided section the flats are partially chiselled in sunk relief whilst there are two bands of stylised foliage around the mouldings. On the tang is a name in script. The lockplate is of distinct banana shape, very thick and rounded. It is engraved with a scale border and foliage. Under the pan is a name in script with further text along the lower edge. The cock is of swan-necked form with a rounded face. There is a bridle for the frizzen and inside the bridle and sear are blued. The full stock is extensively carved with raised borders and other decoration. There is some brass inlay in the stock and the region under the muzzle is of stag horn. All of the furniture is decorated with raised inlay of silver.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the barrel is 320 mm, the overall length being 505 mm. Weight: The weight of the gun is 1.025 kg.

Calibre

17 mm.

Inscriptions and Marks

There may be a name on the barrel and lock.

Associations

Places Turkey

Notes

This gun is of the very higest quality. The name on the barrel tang and lock appears to be an imitation European one. However, in view of the quality, this seems unlikely, the name may in fact be in Greek.