Antique Firearms, Swords, and Militaria
Inventory ID: 7269
A Revolutionary War period silver mounted brass barreled flintlock Naval officer's pistol
This rare flintlock Naval officer's blunderbuss pistol was made by John Probin in 1773, as indicated by the silver hallmarks on the trigger guard. (Probin was later appointed as the Royal Gunmaker to the Prince of Wales). The caliber is approximately .50. The engraved 8" brass barrel goes from octagonal to round and ends with a flared cannon muzzle. The overall length of the gun is 13 1/2". London gun makers proofs are stamped on the leftrear flat. The lightly chamfered lockplate with rebated tail is fitted with integral pan, bridled roller frizzen, and engraved sepentine cock. It also has a broad back sliding safety. "J. Probin" is engraved on the lockplate under the pan (he worked from 1769 to 1800). The stock is made of highly figured European walnut, the silver mounts made by silversmith Charles Freeth. The ramrod is made of ebony and has a horn tip. The silver mounts include the engraved trigger guard, cartouche, butt cap, engraved side plate and ramrod ferules. Overall, a rare gun in good condition given its' age and active use.
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