A Massive French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War Period English Flintlock Holster Pistol
A Massive French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War Period English Flintlock Holster Pistol, circa. 1760. 11 5/8", .59 caliber 3-stage round iron smooth-bore, pin-fastened, barrel engraved on the top with remnants of "LONDON". The left side of the barrel breech is struck with (2) Tower "Crossed Scepter" proof marks. Early convex banana shaped lock was made without a bridle to the frizzen and has remnants of decorative engraving. The lock plate most likely had a makers signature but unfortunately is no longer visible. The pistol is in its original flintlock configuration with no replacement parts or restoration. All brass furniture includes an engraved trigger guard with acorn finial, vacant oval wrist escutcheon, flat side plate and long-eared butt-cap with grotesque face mask. The stock has a raised carved section surrounding the barrel tang terminating in a scallop shell pattern and overall is solid with very light scratches and dings from years of handling. Original or latter replacement brass tipped wood ram rod. In good mechanical working order. 18.5" overall length. A real untouched gem worthy of any museum collection...
Note: All iron surfaces have been cleaned over the years and exhibit areas of salt & pepper rust pitting.
PRIVATE COLLECTION, Consignment; Ben S. 2022 #3.