Object Title

Flintlock military pistol

Flintlock military pistol

Date

1780

Object Number

XII.4943

Provenance

Purchased at auction from Weller and Dufty, Birmingham. 28th August 1980 (sale no. 11309) lot. 844

Physical Description

Rounded lock, engraved GR and Crown with TOWER on the tail.
Full walnut stock with duelling pistol type butt which has an inset socket for a detachable shoulder stock. Undated GR storekeeper's mark stamped behind lock and two inspector's marks of 1 under a crown stamped next to trigger guard. The initials WB stamped behind side plate. Standard Light Dragoon furniture. Under the muzzle the fore-end has been split and pinned together.
Plain round barrel with usual Ordnance proof and ownership marks

Dimensions

BarrelLength304mm
OverallLength431mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number nvn

Calibre

.57 in

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

An unrecorded pattern of pistol made in the last quarter of the 18th century when there was a temporary popularity for pistols with detachable butts which could convert into carbines, e.g. Royal Horse Artillery and Norfolk Volunteer pistols