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", .56 cal. round iron pinned barrel marked with (2) Tower Proofs on the top of the breech, and what appears to be a small "CROWN" over "4" stamped on the end of the tang. All steel parts have a deep dark age patina. Brass regulation furniture. The pistol retains the original iron belt hook with a "CROWN" inspection stamp. Lock is marked; "TOWER" a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George III) and a small "CROWN" over "BROAD ARROW" (Government Ownership mark). Period ram rod replaced during the period of use. Stock is marked just behind the rear of the side plate with an unidentified mark. The early "STORES KEEPER" mark is stamped just above the rear of the lock. Two additional arsenal inspector marks of a small "CROWN" over "1" are stamped on the right side of the grip above the trigger guard. There are multiple inspector's stamps in the stock's ram rod channel. The stock has a raised "Beavertail" around the barrel tang and a few age stress cracks just below the rear of the lock and chipping around the lock mortise. The overall stock is solid, with the original varnish, 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 #11.