Rare Dated Pattern 1718 British Royal Navy Long Sea Service Flintlock Pistol w/Belt Hook by, EDGE, Dated 1758, #3202 Firearms
A Rare Antique King George II Dated British Pattern 1718 Royal Navy Long Sea Service Flintlock Pistol by; "EDGE" and dated; "1758" Original belt hook removed during the period of use. 12", .577 cal. round steel barrel struck w/(3) TOWER PROOFS w/barrel makers mark; a 'STAR' over 'IW' (John Willets, contractor to the Ordnance) and '86'. Lock marked; "EDGE", the date "1758", a "CROWN" over "GR" (King George II), a small "CROWN" over the "BROAD ARROW" (Government ownership). Pistol is in original flintlock configuration. Heavy brass regulation furniture w/a pleasing dark olive color age patina. Stock has the 'Stores Keeper' mark; "ROYAL CIPHER" just above the rear of lock and has a faint inspector's mark; a small "CROWN" over "7" just above the right side of the trigger guard. Older replacement wood ram rod. The stock is missing small chips from around the lock mortise, otherwise solid w/normal age scratches and dings from years of service. 19.5" overall length. A very scarce and desirable Sea Service pistol in good mechanical working order.
Note: This pistol is very similar to (TTI-3200) which is published in: PATTERN DATES FOR BRITISH ORDNANCE SMALL ARMS 1718-1783 by, De Witt Bailey PH.D., c. 1997, Illustrated on page 89, PLATE #95.
Ref: See; GEORGIAN PISTOLS, The Art and Craft of the Flintlock Pistol, 1715-1840. by, Norman Dixon. c. 1971, pp. 160-161
PROVENANCE: Ex. Clark R. Hoffman Collection.