A Rare French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War Period British Military Pattern 1738 Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol, JORDAN, 1746
A Rare Antique French & Indian War - American Revolutionary War Period British Military Pattern 1738 Heavy Dragoon Flintlock Pistol, "JORDAN", dated "1746". 12", .62 cal. round steel smooth-bore barrel with remnants of (2) oval proofs, and most likely the barrel maker's mark in the middle located on the left side of the breech. The lock is marked; "JORDAN", "1746", a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George II). The frizzen spring is a replacement from a Sea Service pistol of the same period. The cock is a replacement from a pattern 1780 Heavy Dragoon pistol (most likely replaced during the American Revolutionary War). The brass regulation furniture has a dark olive color age patina and the convex side plate has been filed down flat during the period of use (most likely to be able to be fitted with a belt hook). The pistol is in it original flintlock configuration. The stock has a stress crack at the muzzle where the ram rod enters the channel and another at the lower front portion of the wrist at the trigger guard, some wood lose just in front of the lock plate on the lower edge of the mortise but is solid with normal scratches and dings from years of handling and service. All steel surfaces have salt & pepper rust pitting (some areas worse than others especially the barrel). Wood ramrod with brass tip. 19.25" overall length. In good mechanical working order. A particularly good example of the most graceful and desirable of the British military pattern pistols and may have seen service in the French and Indian War, 1757-1763 and the American Revolutionary War, 1776-1783.
Note: The frizzen spring is a replacement from a Sea Service pistol of the same period. The cock is a replacement from a pattern 1780 Heavy Dragoon pistol (most likely replaced during the American Revolutionary War).
Additional Notes: This is a stretch but worthy of note that the Battle of Culloden was the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. On April 16, 1746, the Jacobite army of Charles Edward Stuart was decisively defeated by a British government force under William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, on Drummossie Moor near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. This pistol may have been there (who knows ?)
CONSIGNMENT: CW, 2021 #1.
Ref. pp. 87-88. British Military Pistols and Associated Edged Weapons 1603-1887. By, Robert Brooker, c. 2016.
Ref: See; BATTLE WEAPONS of the American Revolution. by, George C. Neumann. c. 1998, pp. 14, 234.