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Bronze Cannon Barrel Flintlock Pistol Ca 1790

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ANTIQUE BRONZE CANNON BARREL BOX LOCK TRAVELING FLINTLOCK - Ca 1790

DIMENSIONS:

Length overall   7 3/4"                Length of barrel 3 3/4"     
Bore 1/2" .50 caliber                    Weight   14 ounces 

PRICE: $575.00 plus $15.00 for shipping to 48 contiguous States

 


Presented is a hard to find cannon barrel flintlock in bronze. It is of the box lock design with a smooth bore barrel of 4 1/2 inches length, and a bore of 48 mm. The firing machinery is iron, black with age, and some light rust and minor pitting. There are no maker's marks or proof marks. There is slight gunpowder residue in the barrel.

The sides of the cheek plates are engraved with heraldic symbols of a gun powder flask, flags and other embellishments on the obverse and  a cannon on wheels and flags on the reverse. There also are leaves engraved on the bottom of the trigger guard. The frizzen is pierced for a sliding safety and the tang has a pintal "Safety-catch". When fired, the top jaw's screw broke, and is temporarily glued in place. If used for more than a display, then this should be repaired by a gunsmith. All the iron machinery appears to be original. The trigger is a hard pull, but fires and will hold the "cocked" position. 

Plain, Bag-shaped, walnut grips with some light handling marks, generally sharp contours, no shrinkage, but a small missing piece at the top reverse. Otherwise the grips are good with only minor dents and evidence of being carried. The finish is original with a nice age patina.

A nice example of an English Box lock Belt/Traveling Pistol that could be improved with some minor professional attention. It dates to Ca 1790.


All our weapons are antiques, and are sold for display only. They are not intended to be fired.

HISTORY OF FLINTLOCK:
This is the general term for any firearm based on the flintlock mechanism. Introduced about 1610 - 1630, the flintlock rapidly replaced earlier firearm-ignition technologies, such as the matchlock and wheel lock mechanisms. It continued to be in common use for over two centuries, replaced by percussion cap and, later, cartridge systems in the early-to-mid 19th century. The Model 1840 U.S. musket was the last flintlock firearm produced for the U.S. military although there is evidence obsolete flintlocks were seeing action in the earliest days of the Civil War. In fact, during the first year of the war, the Army of Tennessee (Confederacy) had over 2,000 flintlock muskets in service. While technologically obsolete, flintlock firearms have enjoyed a renaissance among black powder shooting enthusiasts and many fine reproduction flintlock rifles and pistols are being made today.

 

               Engraved cheek plate reverse 
                     Engraved cheek plate obverse 

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In its present state, this weapon makes an excellent wall or tabletop display.

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