Bridgewater Light Dragoon Pistol

Physical Description:
This .69 caliber smoothbore flintlock Light Dragoon Pistol was made in Bridgewater, Ma and used by a New England militia unit.
The lockplate is stamped “BRIDGWATER” and “US” under an eagle. It is stamped “21STL.DS” on the barrel. The left side of the stock has a “V” and “39”.
The actual maker of this pistol is unknown. It is like many other Light Dragoons pistols from the time. Its weight is what signifies it as a dragoon and would have been used for a militia unit. The make though cannot be determined because the only identifying mark is the location “BRIDGWATER” and “21STL.DS”. These markings give a location and a militia unit, but there were many gun smiths in Bridgewater, Ma at the time this pistol would have been made.
Flayderman, Norm. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms…and their Values, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2007. 9th edition.
Smith, Samuel E. and Edwin W. Bitter. Historic Pistols: The American Martial Flintlock 1760-1845, Scalamandre Publications, New York: 1986, p. 112.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pistol, flintlock
date made
ca 1808
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 38.43 cm; 15 1/8 in
overall: 2 1/4 in x 15 3/8 in x 6 1/8 in; 5.715 cm x 39.0525 cm x 15.5575 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Bridgewater
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
collector/donor number
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
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The Bitter Collection of Firearms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
The Adriana and Edwin W. Bitter Family Collection
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