Original British Napoleonic Era Pattern 1800 Sea Service Tower-Marked Flintlock Pistol - c.1801
Original Item. Only One Available. This style of pistol was introduced in the early 18th century and was issued with a long 12" barrel and saw active service for a century. Up until 1762 the locks bore maker's names and years of manufacture as well as the traditional "Crown over G.R" Royal Cypher. Thereafter only the CROWN/ G.R. appeared on the center of the lock plate with TOWER across the lock plate tail.
The model evolved and by 1800, the powder pan had a "bridle", which supported it and the frizzen from both sides, however the overall appearance of this classic Naval pistol remained unchanged. The coming of the War with France in the 1790s after the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte forced Britain to heavily rearm and this pistol was then produced in great quantities.
Our example here is an exceptionally nice specimen and is in crisp condition, showing only minor use, the stock still displaying acceptance stamping markings as well as clear proofs to the barrel and belt hook. The lock functions correctly, holding at half-cock, and firing at full-cock. These pistols were fitted with a large belt hook on the left side opposite the lock so a sailor could use his hands for climbing the yardarm or servicing the cannons during battle. They remained in service through the War of 1812, the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and well into the 1820s.
Always considered one of the most romantic Naval Flintlock Pistols ever produced this classic would enhance any Napoleonic Collection. Ready to display.
Year of Manufacture: circa 1801
Caliber: .59" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 12 inches
Overall Length: 19 1/2 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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