New England Holster Pistol

New England Holster Pistol

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Description
Physical Description:
This.51 caliber smoothbore flintlock holster pistol was made in New England around 1815. It has brass furniture including a brass barrel. It is pin fastened with a Ketland lock. The lock has floral engraving and a gooseneck hammer. It is a “sleigh” design lockplate. The iron tang has a spear point filial. The stock is cherry wood with a beaver tail carving around the tang and brass nose cap.
It is stamped “KETLAND” and “L” on the inside of the lockplate.
History:
It is impossible to identify a maker. The engravings and bluing were used by lockmakers in England in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, these engravings also can be found on some American pistols.
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. 250.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pistol
pistol, flintlock
Other Terms
pistol; Firearms; Flintlock;.52 In; Smooth Bore; Muzzle Load; Sa
date made
ca 1815
maker
unknown
place made
United States: New England
Physical Description
metal (part material)
wood (part material)
Measurements
overall: 13 1/4 in; 33.655 cm
overall: 13 1/4 in x 5 3/4 in x 2 in; 33.655 cm x 14.605 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
1987.0014.20
accession number
1987.0014
catalog number
1987.0014.20
collector/donor number
P-141
Credit Line
The Adriana and Edwin W. Bitter Family Collection
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The Bitter Collection of Firearms
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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