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Original British Tower-Marked Sea Service Flintlock Pistol dated 1760

Regular price $6,750.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Originally developed around 1715, the British Sea Service pistol remained in service until the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. These were equipped with a 12" iron barrel, a full wood stock and brass fittings. The brass Butt Capwould have short "ears" on the sides, but not "long spurs." The lock plates were flat, not rounded and were marked with CROWN over G.R. and were dated up until 1762 with either a Maker's name or TOWER across the tail. This denoted if it was a TOWER made pistol or was supplied on Government contract by selected commercial Gunsmiths.

Our example is in fine original condition, and is marked TOWER / 1760 on the lock plate tail. It has 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 bearing British Proof Marks, a brass tipped wooden ram rod and a 9" overall length belt hook bearing an Inspector's stamp of a CROWN over numeral 6.

There is no frizzen mount/arm from the pan, which were introduced somewhat later for additional stability.

In very nice condition showing some use but just perfect for its age of 258 years.


Years of Manufacture: 1760
Caliber: .65" Pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Overall Length: 20 inches
Action: Flintlock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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