British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol w/Belt Hook, TOWER, #2820 Firearms
An antique British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol w/ Belt Hook, circa. 1777-1780. 12", .57 cal. (regulation) round steel barrel marked w/(2) Tower Proofs underneath a very heavy age patina and obscured by heavy pitting. Brass regulation furniture. Lock is marked; "TOWER" a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George III) and a "CROWN" over 'BROAD ARROW' (Government Ownership mark). Stock is marked just above the rear of the lock w/ the Stores Keeper mark; "CROWN" over "BROAD ARROW" and date mark when it was returned to arsenal stores "1805"; multiple inspector's stamps in the stock. Stock is solid w/normal scratches and dings from years of service. 19.5" overall length. An untouched Sea Service pistol in good working order that may have seen service in the American Revolutionary War, 1776-1783, Battle of Trafalgar and the War of 1812.
Note; top jaw and screw is still frozen but lock functions.
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.