Object Title

Flintlock pistol

Flintlock pistol



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851. Returned from long-term loan to Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (L 396) 6 January 2003.

Physical Description

The barrel is smoothbored and round in section with a sighting flat along the top. There is a large iron bead sight and an open notched rear sight. The flat faced lockplate has an engraved border and scroll engraving and carries a semi rainproof pan and a form of ring necked cock. The frizzen spring is plain. It is stocked in a straight grained wood of unidentified origin and has a full stock and a checked grip that terminates in a flat cap. All of the furniture is of undecorated iron. The ramrod is captive.


BarrelLength258 mm
OverallLength420 mm


15 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None on the gun itself. Pitt Rivers number in white ink 1915.48.76. There are two paper labels the first of which says 'Flintlock pistol, European model, AKALEES Lent from the Tower ARmouries, 1915 [145]'


Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859: 98, xv.133

Harold, Viscount Dillon, Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, Tower of London, London, 1910: 24, xv.145