November 17, 2020 Early Arms & Militaria: Age of Exploration, Empire & Revolution
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Pistols of this pattern are quite scarce and were used in America during the French & Indian War as well as in the South during the American Revolution. This pistol has several period American alterations including the shortening of the barrel by about 2-1/4" which is the approximate length of the Light Dragoon pistols being used during the Revolutionary War. It is also fitted with an American sheet brass nose band with an open face at the muzzle. The foremost ramrod ferrule was also removed and the original wooden ramrod was replaced with an American made iron ramrod with a brass button at the muzzle. The tapered round 9-3/4" .58 caliber smoothbore barrel is extremely well marked in the center near the breech with a crown over "GR" over a broad arrow and a crown over crossed scepters. The left side of the breech is marked with a star over "IC" for the inspector. The early convex banana lockplate features engraved double-lined borders and shows only a single screw behind the cock. The tail is engraved "JORDAN/ 1746". The center is engraved with a large crown over "GR". Below the pan there is a crown and broad arrow denoting government ownership. In the jaws of the cock there is a period led liner and flint. Standard brass Heavy Dragoon furniture including a brass wrist escutcheon and convex serpentine Long Land Pattern sideplate. The trigger guard tang is painted with an old collection or museum number in green paint. The walnut stock is of classic Georgian form and is carved with shaped relief panels around the lock and sideplate, as well as an early style beavertail around the barrel tang. Barrel tang is also stamped with a crown mark. Just above the back of the lock tang, there is a script "GR" storekeeper's mark in the early format and devoid of a date. On the left side of the trigger guard tang there are two inspection marks, one crown and one crown over a "1". CONDITION: Very good overall. Barrel retains a spotted grey patina and markings are excellent. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration and functions properly. Markings are excellent. Screws on lock show some marring. Brass furniture retains a pleasing dark mustard patina, and right side of nose band shows some denting. Stock is very good, with scattered bruising and marks from use. Stock markings are also good. This example is historically significant due to its definite use by British and American forces in the Revolutionary War. DMG
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Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
9 - 3/4"
Caliber/Bore
.58 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Antique
Manufacturer
Britain
Model
1738
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Serial Number
NSN
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $6,000.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
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