Original U.S. Revolutionary War Era French Model 1763 Flintlock Pistol made at St. Étienne Arsenal
Original Item: Only one available. Normally these most hard to find French Military Flintlock pistols, the Model of 1763 come with all iron mounts. Most unusually this example comes with original brass mounts. Normally intended for naval use by most governments, the French in fact designated brass mounts for overseas Colonial service, hence brass mounted examples are very rare in the United States.
Defeated in the Seven years War by Britain 1756-1763) that in the U.S. is referred to as the French and Indian War and France's defeat at Quebec in 1759 resulted in French Colonial pistols not arriving in North America before the French had lost all their holdings there.
The Revolutionary War did bring French arms but these were regular French Army weapons that all were mounted in iron and very few brass mounted examples were supplied.
This wonderful rare pistol features a 9 inch barrel.with approximately .65" bore with French proof marks, the lock is clearly marked :
de St. Étienne
One of the barrel markings is 75, which may indicate manufacture in 1775. There is also a number "8" engraved into the left side of the stock.
Offered in very good cleaned condition, this came to us from an old U.S. Revolutionary War Collection. Ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: c. 1775
Caliber: about .69" pistol
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder
Barrel Length: 9 inches
Overall Length: 16 1/4 inches
Action: Flintlock Side Action
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded
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