Bridgewater Light Dragoon Pistol

Description
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”.
History:
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.
References:
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.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1808
maker
unknown
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Bridgewater
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
iron (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
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
ID Number
1988.0518.08
catalog number
1988.0518.08
accession number
1988.0518
collector/donor number
P176L
Credit Line
The Adriana and Edwin W. Bitter Family Collection
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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