A Fine And Rare British/American Revolutionary War Period Flintlock Pistol by KETLAND & Co.
A Fine and Rare Antique British/American Colonial Flintlock Pistol of military form, circa. 1770's. 8", .60 caliber steel barrel with remnants of early oval proof and view marks. All brass furniture includes a rather unique butt cap with a long finial and a side plate in the same form as the British Military Short Land Pattern 2nd model Brown Bess Flintlock Musket. The round face lock is maker engraved "KETLAND & Co." The stock is solid and beautiful with light scratches and dings from years of service. The pistol remains in its original flintlock configuration. Wood ram rod (may be the original). A wonderful example in good mechanical working order that may have seen action in the American Revolutionary War as well as the War or 1812 !
Note: A similar (Pair) of documented Rev. War Flintlock pistols by the same maker with the same locks, side plate, trigger guard, wrist escutcheon, and barrel are featured in the book "The Kentucky Pistol" by Roy F. Chandler and James B. Whisker, c. 1994, pp. 170-173. (please see photos).
Restoration: The cock has been replaced with an original antique (most likely American Colonial) hand made example that works very well.