(PAIR) of English Box-Lock Flint Pistols by, RICHARDS, STRAND, LONDON, #3090 Firearms
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An Antique Cased (PAIR) of Revolutionary War Period English Box-Lock Flint Pistols by; 'RICHARDS, STRAND, LONDON', circa. 1765-1780. 5" .52 cal. round (3) stage steel turn-off cannon barrels. 11 3/8" overall length. Engraved steel box-lock frame/breech w/maker's name; "RICHARDS" and "STRAND, LONDON". All steel parts have light to moderate salt and pepper pitting. Both stocks are solid w/minor edge chips, normal light scratches and dings from years of service. Originally made with top mounted sliding safety's that were removed some time during the working life of the pistols. Both pistols are in good working order and are in their original flintlock configuration. Nice untouched age patina. This type of pistol was prized by and used by Officer's during the American Revolutionary War.
Note; one pistol has an old collection or Museum inventory tag on stock '439'. It is our opinion that the box is all original to the period but not original to the guns and the pistols were married to the box.
Period Oak Box measures; 16" wide X 8.25" deep X 3" high. The box is lined with the correct English green felt. The interior lid has an owner's book plate label marked 'HENRY PLITCROFT ESQ, HAMPSTRAD, MIDD.x", and has (2) brass hooks mounted on the front with lock (missing the key.
Accessories include: 3-way powder flask with 2 compartments build in bottom (broken spring), bullet mold, shot and powder measure, lead balls and shot, patch material and tow.