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Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Netherlands
  • c. 1750
  • Steel, copper alloy, walnut wood, 'German silver' alloy, whale-bone and horn, chiselled and engraved
  • Length: 52 cm, overall
    Length: 33.1 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.6 cm, calibre
    Weight: 1.075 kg
  • Maker's mark: Three copper alloy maker's stamps
    Proof mark
    Stamp: A mark
  • A1237
  • European Armoury III
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  • Flint-lock pistol, a pair with A1236. The barrel octagonal at the breech soon changing to a round section. Flattened rib along the top ending in a foresight which is in one piece with the barrel. Breech-strap incised with a shallow sighting notch. The breech is decorated with some roughly chiselled and engraved leaf ornament, and has three brass maker's stamps and a proof or view mark. Another mark is stamped on the underside. The barrel shows signs of having been adapted to the stock.

    Lock roughly engraved with foliage and scrolls.

    Stock of walnut with mounts of German silver. Butt-cap with a grotesque mask in the centre. Screw-plate chased and pierced with scrolls and foliage, with an oval medallion containing a classical bust. Whale-bone ramrod, The horn tip missing, and steel ferrule with detachable worm.

    Probably Dutch, about 1750.

    The alloy known as German silver was frequently used for the mounts of Russian pistols.

    Conventional flint-lock with internal bridle but very crudely made. The underside of the pan-cover has two slight dimples cut into it. There is no external bridle.

    Possibly of Turkish manufacture in the European fashion.

    The marks are not apparently recorded in N. Støckel.