Presented is a classic design flintlock pistol with a smooth bore
octagonal barrel with a single mark of AVBERT on its right cheek plate. There are no other markings.
It is in “Fine” condition with all machinery present and in working order. There
is a tiny piece of metal missing from the rear of the right cheek plate, and there is a small crack on the left
side below front of the barrel. Otherwise, there are few 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 light
brown (rust) marks of age. The Walnut stock’s finish is dulled with age and has a wonderful deep patina.
All our weapons are antiques, and are sold for display only. They are not
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.
Length overall 13 1/4″
Length of barrel 7 5/8″
5/8″, .625 caliber Weight
2 1/4 pounds
under the flash pan