ANTIQUE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY AUBERT Ca 1825

   


Presented is a classic design flintlock pistol with a smooth bore
octagonal barrel with a single mark of AVBERT on its right cheek plate and at the left end of its barrel . There are
no other markings.

It is in good condition with all machinery present except the goose neck hammer
is frozen and the pistol does not cock. There is a chip of wood missing at each side where the top of its butt plate fits,
and there is a crack on the left side below the barrel. The handle is split, but there is no evidence that the gun
was dropped. The wood, finish and patina is the same on this weapon, as it is on the fully functioning one which is its
near twin. Expect other marks of age and use. Most of the machinery is of iron, and the trigger guard, ram rod tunnel
and butt plate are made of brass. The iron surfaces have a smooth silver look with brown (rust) marks of age. The stock’s
finish is worn off on the right side, but is almost fully present on the left. Its low price takes all these factors into
consideration.

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.

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

DIMENSIONS:

Length overall   13 1/4″               
Length of barrel 7 3/4″     
Bore
11/16″, .6875 caliber          Weight   2 1/4 pounds


               AVBERT
under the flash pan 
             Small Avbert stamp at barrel
end

              The goose neck
hammer is locked
      There is s crack in front of trigger guard