Braddock Pistol

Physical Description
English flintlock pistol, .71 caliber made by an armorer named Gabbitas. It bears the initials "E. B." for Edward Braddock.
Specific History
General Edward Braddock gave this pistol to George Washington. In 1777 Washington mislaid the gun. A letter was sent to Captain Charles Morley on July 2, 1777. It read: “Sir, His Excellency Gen. Washington desires you to look among his effects for a pistol which was mislaid or possibly lost. You will know it by being a large brass barrel and the lock of which is also of brass with the name of Gabbitas, the Spanish armorer, thereon. It has also a heavy brass butt. His Excellency is much exercised over the loss of this pistol, it being given him by Gen. Braddock, and having since been with him through several campaigns, and he therefore values it very highly."
William Gabbitas was actually a British gunsmith, Gabitas being an old Norman French name.
Object Name
Date made
c. 1752
date made
ca 1750
Washington, George
associated person
Braddock, Edward
associated person
Washington, George
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 14 1/2 in; 36.83 cm
overall: 6 in x 16 in x 5 in; 15.24 cm x 40.64 cm x 12.7 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England
Associated Place
North America
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Revolution and the New Nation
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

11/17/2016 3:20:31 PM
Edmond Gaudelli
I had the opportunity to see this pistol in person, when it was on loan to the Senator John Heinz Regional History Center in Pittsburgh in the year 2000. It is truly a work of art.
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