Original British Named Napoleonic New Land Pattern Tower Flintlock Pistol marked to the 27th Reg't of Foot - circa 1810
Original Item: Only One Available. This Lovely "New Land Pattern" flintlock Pistol dates to prior the Battle of Waterloo, and is marked to the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot. First raised in June 1689 as a local militia in Northern Ireland at Enniskillen to fight in the Williamite–Jacobite War, it acquitted itself well, and was made a formal regiment of the British Army. In 1751 they were officially titled the 27th (Enniskillen) Regiment of Foot, which in 1761 was changed to use the British spelling of the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot. A storied regiment, it took part in the 7 years war and most British conflicts involving France.
The Napoleonic wars were no exception, and the regiment took part in the Egyptian and Peninsular campaigns. The 1st Battalion was first to see action, followed by the 2nd and 3rd battalions. The 1st Battalion faired well, however the 2nd battalion was nearly destroyed at the Battle of Ordal, which took place 12-13 September 1813. The 3rd battalion fared better, having arrived in Lisbon in 1808 before becoming part of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington's army, where they fought successfully at many of the key battles during the Peninsular campaign. They then pursued the French Army into France.
After Napoleon's escape from his exile on the island of Elba, he marshalled his forces, leading to the final Battle of Waterloo. It is in this battle that the 27th Regiment of Foot became most well known, as the 1st battalion fought as part of John Lambert's 10th Brigade in the 6th Division, and ended up being decimated. At about 6:30 PM, the French captured the key strongpoint of La Haye Sainte farm. After this success, they brought up several cannon and took the Anglo-Allied lines under fire at extremely close range.
At this period, the 698-strong battalion was deployed in square at the point where the Ohain road crossed the Charleroi to Brussels highway. At a range of 300 yards (270 m), the French artillery caused the unit enormous casualties within a short time. At day's end, the 1st Battalion had lost 105 killed and 373 wounded, a total of 478 casualties, without breaking. The unit was described as "lying dead in a square but did not break". There are few regiments that can boast of such an achievement.
Marked to the 27th Regiment, here is a very good chance that this pistol was carried by an officer soldier during the Napoleonic wars, and possibly even on the field at Waterloo itself! The pistol is a standard full stocked flintlock pistol fitted with the NEW LAND PATTERN Swivel all steel "captured" ramrod. Introduced in 1808, this allowed a Cavalryman to easily reload the pistol while on horseback without fear of dropping his ramrod.
In fine tight and all original condition showing British Proof marks. It is fitted with the standard 8 3/4" .67" smooth bore barrel, which still shows visible proofs on the breech end, a rare thing to see. There is also a BROAD ARROW over what looks to be an 1808 date on the right side of the stock just over the lock plate. The lock itself is marked with Crown over G.R. and TOWER on the lock plate tail, with the CROWN / BROAD ARROW "Lock Viewer's" mark under the pan. From what we can see, they are the CROWN / GR royal proof and the CROWN / CROSSED SCEPTERS proof for manufacture in Birmingham, England by Ketland, which in 1813 became the proof mark for all of Birmingham produced guns.
Overall condition is very nice, with the expected wear from age and use. The stock has a standard brass nose cap and all brass fittings. The lock functions well, holding at half cock and firing at full. The captured ramrod works as well. The stock is in good condition, though it does show age. There also is a repaired crack going through the grip areas of the stock, and another repair where the ramrod enters the stock.
The top of the barrel is inscribed with the regimental marking XXVII REG'T., and on the trigger guard there are additional markings:
This would stand for the 27th (Inniskilling) Regiment of Foot, D company, 41st Man. Additionally, the lock side plate has an additional marking:
P + A + PHILLIPS
This could possibly be the last officer to use the pistol, which was probably then taken out of service due to wear. We have not attempted any research on this, and leave it as a great opportunity for further study.
A highly desirable named Flintlock pistol from the Napoleonic Wars from a remarkable British regiment with an action packed history. Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: circa 1810
Bore Diameter: .67"
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 8 3/4 inches
Overall Length: 15 1/4 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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