Original British Sea Service Flintlock Pistol by Grice with Single Screw Behind the Hammer - dated 1758

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Originally developed around 1715, the British Sea Service pistol remained in use until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. They are typically equipped with a 12" iron barrel, full wood stock and brass furniture. The Butt Caps have short "ears" but not "long spurs" The lock plates were flat, not rounded and up until 1762 were marked with a maker’s name and date. On the left side is a long belt hook, as holsters were not practical at sea. They are rare and sought after, in any condition.

This very nice example is marked on the lock plate with CROWN over G.R., and is maker marked GRICE on the lock plate tail, over a date of 1758. This is most likely for WILLIAM GRICE, who worked in London from 1740 to 1780. Under the pan is the usual "Lock Viewer's" mark. The barrel is also marked CROWN / GR along with another proof mark.

The pistol is in fine original condition displaying only ONE lock screw behind the cock, a style changed between 1757 and 1762 that indicated the use of a shorter sear spring. After 1762 one sees TWO screws behind the Cock, however occasionally the double screw appeared as early as 1757.

The pistol has a 12" 65 bore barrel, a brass tipped wooden ramrod and a 9" overall length belt hook bearing an Inspector's stamp of a CROWN over 3. There is no outside frizzen support mount/arm from the pan, which were introduced somewhat later for additional stability. The lock functions well, holding at half cock and firing at full.

In very nice condition showing some use but just perfect for its age of 260 years. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1758
Caliber: .63" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 12 inches
Overall Length: 19  inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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