British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol, KING GEORGE III, TOWER
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An antique British Military Royal Navy Flintlock Long Sea Service Pistol, circa. 1777-1780. 12", .56 cal. round steel barrel marked w/(2) Tower Proofs. All steel parts have a light salt & pepper pitting. Brass regulation furniture. Lock is marked; "TOWER" a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George III) and a "CROWN" over '2' (Government Ownership mark and the Inspector to the East India Company). Correct brass tipped wood ram rod. Stock is marked just above the rear of the lock w/ the early Stores Keeper's mark; a 'BROAD ARROW' over 'BO' (Board Ordinance) mark on the left side just below the Beaver Tail carving; multiple inspector's stamps in the stock but some are hard to see. Stock is solid with wood worm damage at the underside of muzzle; repaired edge chips on the underside of lock mortise; an old filled spot on the right side of trigger guard by butt cap; scratches and dings from years of service. 19.5" overall length. The pistol is in it's original flintlock configuration. A good Sea Service pistol that was definitely in service; in good mechanical working order. May have seen service in the American Revolutionary War, 1776-1783, Battle of Trafalgar and the War of 1812.
Note; belt hook missing. Original brass tipped ram rod (broken in half, lower section in stock missing...)
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.