POSSIBLE Confederate Percussion Conversion of an French Military Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol, CHARLEVILLE, Dated 1780, #2625 Firearms
A Very Interesting POSSIBLE Confederate Conversion to Percussion French Military Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol circa, 1777-1780, (dated 1780). 7.5" . 72 cal. round steel barrel w/remnants of date marks at breech. Unique pattern lock/frame marked; "Charleville" (French arsenal). The stock is solid w/cracks & chips and repairs on both of the front toes by frame w/ normal scratches and dings from years of service. In good working order.
Note; The brass butt cap is stamped: 'C S' (Confederate States). The iron trigger is a period blacksmith made replacement most likely done at the time of conversion. We can not warrant/confirm nor deny the authenticity of these marks so we are selling this item AS IS... It is unfortunate that in the years following the end of the Civil War in 1865, individuals with no ethics or sence marked ligitimate period weapons with spurious Confederate markings to enhance the value when selling to an uneducated naive collector especially in the 1950's and 60's thus bastardizing the market... This may be one of those unfortunate casualties.
Note; This pattern 1777 French flintlock pistol was extensively used in the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. This pattern was also the template for the first American Military flintlock pistol; Pattern 1799 made by contract; "S. NORTH & CHENEY"