An Antique American Revolutionary War Period British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol
An antique American Revolutionary War Period British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol, circa. 1777-1780. 12", .58 cal. round steel barrel marked with (2) Tower Proofs on the left side of the breech and a small "Crown" over "11" on the right side just forward of the frizzen. All steel parts have been cleaned in the past leaving remnants of light salt & pepper rust pitting. Brass regulation furniture includes a butt-cap with punch-dots forming the number "34" as well as being drilled with an additional hole (for what purpose ?). The pistol retains the original iron belt hook. Lock is marked; "TOWER" a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George III) and a "CROWN" over "2" (Government Ownership mark and the Inspector to the East India Company). Correct brass tipped wood ram rod. Stock is marked just behind the rear of the side plate with what appears to be the letter "R" and above the rear of the lock with the early Stores Keeper's mark and another depicting a "BROAD ARROW" over "BO" (Board Ordnance) mark on the right side of the grip. There are multiple inspector's stamps in the stock but some are hard to see. The overall stock is solid and may have been lightly sanded and varnished resulting in some of the edges to be rounded, with scratches and dings from years of service. 19.5" overall length. The pistol is in it's original flintlock configuration. A very nice Sea Service pistol that was definitely in service and in good mechanical working order. This pistol may have seen service in the American Revolutionary War, 1776-1783, Battle of Trafalgar and the War of 1812 !
NOTE: These are some of my favorite flintlock pistols. The overall size, design and quality of the British military weapons are hard to improve upon...
Ref: See; BATTLE WEAPONS of the American Revolution. by, George C. Neumann. c. 1998, pp. 14, 248-249.
also see; BOARDER AWAY II Firearms of the Age of Fighting Sail. by, William Gilkerson. c. 1993, pp. 225- (245) 276.
PRIVATE COLLECTION, Consignment; Ben S. 2022 #6.