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.

Date Made: c. 1752Date Made: ca 1750

User: Washington, GeorgeAssociated Name: Braddock, EdwardAssociated Person: Braddock, EdwardMaker: GabbitasAssociated Person: Washington, GeorgeMaker: Gabbitas

Place Made: United Kingdom: EnglandAssociated Place: North America

Subject: FirearmsRelated Event: Revolution and the New Nation


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Exhibition: Price of Freedom

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: William G. Renwick

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.245168.126Accession Number: 245168Catalog Number: 245168.126

Object Name: pistolOther Terms: Firearms; Flintlock; .71 In; Muzzle Load; 00; Sa

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 1/2 in; 36.83 cmoverall: 6 in x 16 in x 5 in; 15.24 cm x 40.64 cm x 12.7 cm


Record Id: nmah_746133

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