Ex. Rare British Military Pattern 1759 Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol by Contractor GRICE, #3133 Firearms
An Extremely Rare British Military Pattern 1759 Light Dragoon Flintlock Pistol, DATED; '1759' first year of manufacture. Made by Tower of London Military contractor William 'GRICE'. 9", .67 cal. round steel barrel w/remnants of (2) Tower proofs and a small 'CROWN' inspector's mark on the tail of tang. Regimental marked on the top; 'X - OR - PR - OF - Ws OWN L D' (10TH ORIGINAL PRINCE OF WALES OWN LIGHT DRAGOONS). Brass regulation furniture including the trigger guard engraved with Regimental marks; 'A' over '26' (A COMPANY, 26th MAN). Stock is solid w/2 stress cracks visible on the left side of the for-end w/scratches and dings from years of service and is marked w/a 'stores keeper mark' just above the rear of the tail of the lock plate. Lock marked; "GRICE", the date '1759', a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George II) and the government ownership mark; a "CROWN" over "BROAD ARROW" (Government Ownership Mark). 15" overall length. In good working mechanical order.
Note; Replaced hammer of the period. Front barrel retaining pin replaced during the period of use with a hand wrought square nail.