Model 1807/1808 Navy Pistol

Physical Description:
This .54 caliber smoothbore flintlock Navy Pistol was made for the U.S. government by an unknown maker around 1807. The barrel is pin fastened and it has an iron belt hook on the sideplate, brass mountings, and a wooden ramrod.
The lockplate is stamped “DREPERT” and has a federal “US” stamp at the rear. There is also a raised “P” stamped in the oval proofmark.
Although the maker of this pistol is unknown, its lock is stamped “DREPERT” and the hammer is marked “US.”
The pistol probably was made under U.S. contract. The belt hook on the pistol signifies that it is a ship’s pistol. Several other traits denote the pistol’s Navy usage. The “US” stamp on the lockplate also represents a U.S. contract. It is most likely that Drepert was commissioned to make this type of pistol for the Navy.
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.212
Currently not on view
Object Name
pistol, flintlock
date made
ca 1808
Guest, John
Physical Description
iron (part material)
brass (part material)
wood (part material)
overall: 16 1/4 in; 41.275 cm
overall: 2 1/8 in x 16 1/2 in x 6 in; 5.3975 cm x 41.91 cm x 15.24 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
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
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

Submit a comment or ask a question about this object using the form below. Submissions are moderated and may receive a curator response. Please note that we cannot evaluate or appraise your personal artifacts. For other questions or general inquiries please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Enter the characters shown in the image.