Antique European Flintlock Holster Pistol
An Antique European Flintlock Holster Pistol (most likely German/Austrian or Dutch), circa. 18th Century. 12.5", .58 caliber steel smooth-bore barrel with brass blade front site. The touch-hole has a brass bushing. The lock has decorative engraving on all parts. All brass furniture has fine decorative engraving including an open worked wrist escutcheon and side plate. The stock is solid with high relief decorative carving (some areas worn from heavy use), scratches and dings from years of handling. The stock has a horn fore-end cap. Brass tipped wood ram rod. The pistol is 19.75" overall. A great looking pistol in good mechanical working order.
Note: The fore-end exhibits a marriage of wood. It is my opinion that the pistol was made this way or it is a very early repair made during the period. It is also my opinion that the lock is a replacement that originally came from a very high quality Ottoman Empire pistol. The brass ram rod entry pipe has loses.