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Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Flint-lock pistol with ramrod
  • Ponsin
  • Liège, Flanders
  • c. 1750
  • Steel, gold, copper alloy, walnut wood, chiselled, gilded and carved
  • Length: 44.2 cm, overall
    Length: 26.4 cm, barrel
    Width: 1.5 cm, calibre
    Weight: 0.95 kg
  • Inscription: 'PONSIN'
  • A1218
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Flint-lock pistol, a pair with A1217. The barrel is octagonal at the breech, the planes and also the breech-strap chiselled with rococo scrolls in low relief, the ground gilt. Brass foresight.

    Lock with chiselled ornament en suite with the barrel and engraved with the name of the maker:


    There is a bridle for the pivot of the steel.

    Stock of walnut, slightly carved in places. Steel mounts chiselled in low relief with floral ornament on a gilt ground. In the centre of the butt-cap is chiselled a grotesque mask. Steel fore-end cap and wooden ramrod with plain steel tip.

    Flemish (Liège), about 1750.

    Both locks have external bridles for the pan-covers.

    A Pierre Ponsin, called also Bonsing Ie Hollandais, is recorded in Liège between 1685 and 1733. His mark was a horse-shoe (J. F. Pasleau, Les armuriers Liégeois du XV au XIXe siecle, 1973, p. 20). The maker of A1217-18 may be a kinsman of his.