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BRITISH NAPOLEONIC NEW LAND PATTERN PISTOL OF EARLY TYPE
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This is the early type of the British Napoleonic Wars period New Land Pattern pistol. The scrolled decoration on the back of the lock plate as well as the small tit-like terminal are indicative of the very first examples of this type. The stock is regimentally marked T3 [Troop 3?]along with other regimental markings and has several Board of Ordnance store-keepers marks including the date 1805. The smooth-bore barrel is 9" long, chambered in 0.8". The lock is Tower-marked, as well as sovereign-monogrammed with a crowned GR and a broad arrow, indicating the property of George III. Barrel is proofed and viewed, and pistol carries several inspection markings, including the captive ramrod. The lock mechanism holds the cock, and the spring is strong. The wood around the brass butt shows a period crack that doesn't appear to go through the wood through and through. There is a sliver of wood missing on the back of the grip, next to the butt. The touch hole shows corrosion, a sign of frequent firing.
A very good, expressive early Napoleonic British cavalry trooper's pistol.



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