Original British Napoleonic Era Pattern 1800 Sea Service Tower-Marked Flintlock Pistol - c.1805

Item Description

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. 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 spur supporting the pan 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 a very nice specimen and is in crisp condition, showing minor use and storage dings to the wood, the stock still displays acceptance stamping markings, as well as the name of the stock maker in front of the trigger guard: PRIANT.  There are also clear proofs on the barrel and belt hook. 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 1805
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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