Original British Napoleonic Flintlock Light Dragoon Pistol marked 11th Light Dragoons - Circa 1800

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This Flintlock Pistol dates to prior the Battle of Waterloo however the 11th Light Dragoons did take part in the great battle that finally defeated Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 so it might just have been there.

It comes with a standard 9" barrel in .65" caliber pistol smooth bore, with an overall length of 15 1/2 inches. It has all brass mounts of butt cap, trigger guard side plate and nose cap. The lock is marked with a Crown over G.R. and TOWER across the tail. The Walnut wood stock is in great shape with a lovely brown color, though it may have been refinished, as no markings are present.

The Barrel is engraved XI - L = D, for the 11th Regiment of Light Dragoons and the trigger guard and barrel are both marked G / 4 indicating issue to "G" company, 3rd man.

The Regiment was raised in 1715 as Colonel Phillip Honeywood's Regiment of Dragoons. In 1751 it was re-titled as 11th Regiment of Dragoons and in 1788 as the 11TH. REGIMENT OF LIGHT DRAGOONS. During the Napoleonic Wars he Regiment served at the Battle of BADAJOZ in April 1812 and the Battle of SALAMANCA in July 1812 in the Peninsula War. At The Battle of WATERLOO on June 18th 1815 it took part in the Great Charge of the Union Brigade against the French, under the command of LT.COL. James Wallace Sleigh.

Apparently due to an incident during the Peninsular campaign, a certain incident near a cherry orchard may have led to the units nick name, The Cherry Pickers. Later after being redesignated the 11TH (PRINCE ALBERT'S OWN) HUSSARS, they were under the command of the notable EARL OF CARDIGAN, who liked to refer to them as "HIS CHERRY BUMS" due to the nickname and their red trousers. Unfortunately he would then lead them in the disastrous CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE during the Crimean war. Well worth further research.

A very nice British Martial pistol that possibly saw action at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Ready to display


Year of Manufacture: circa 1800
Caliber: .65" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 9 inches
Overall Length: 15.5 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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