British c.1800 Flintlock Sea Service Waterproof Pistol- Incredibly Rare

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is the standard British Long Sea Service Flintlock Pistols in service from the 1750s up until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. However THIS is only one of two known existing examples that were specially produced as a "waterproof" model.

Intended for use by Naval Boarding Parties when covertly attempting to board an enemy Man-O-War from a long boat and for use in heavy swells or bad weather, the entire flintlock ignition system is housed in a steel hinged box compartment to protect the powder from getting wet. "Keeping your powder dry" was the first rule in Naval Warfare of the day.

Only in the Military Museum in Valletta, Malta, the island in the Mediterranean Sea is there another of these very rare Sea Service pistols on display.

This is an exceedingly rare specialist British weapon used in the days of sail, wind and rough weather, totally original and ready to be a highlight of any museum grade collection.


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