Holster Pistol

Description
Physical Description:
This .63 caliber smoothbore flintlock pistol was made by Thomas Lawrence of Philadelphia, Pa. It is brass mounted with decorative engravings on the trigger guard, guard plate, side plate, butt plate and lockplate. The stock is carved with a shell motif around the barrel tang.
The lock plate is stamped “LAWRENCE” and the tang is stamped “PHILADa”.
History:
Thomas Lawrence was an armorer at the Continental Arsenal in Philadelphia from 1780 through 1782 and worked under government contract repairing arms through 1785.
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. 76.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1780
maker
Lawrence, Thomas
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
iron (part material)
brass (part material)
wood (part material)
Measurements
average spatial: 37.275 cm; 14 11/16 in
barrel: 1.6 cm x 23.495 cm; 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in
overall: 14 3/4 in x 6 1/4 in x 2 in; 37.465 cm x 15.875 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
1987.0014.28
catalog number
1987.0014.28
accession number
1987.0014
collector/donor number
P177L
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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