A FINE FRENCH & INDIAN/AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR PERIOD FRENCH FLINTLOCK OFFICER’S PISTOL, ca. 1760:
In overall very good+/fine untouched original flintlock condition. The lightly engraved, round, .65 caliber, 9″, sighted, smoothbore, pin-fastened, iron barrel with smooth steel-gray surfaces and a lightly etched breech. Molded and finely carved walnut fullstock with classic French rococo relief and incised carvings: a raised carved floral bouquet, at the barrel-tang and forward of the trigger-guard. Sculpted and engraved full iron mounts. “Queen Ann”-type butt-cap with a long rear terminal and an engraved pommel-cap: Two (2), baluster-type, ramrod pipes and a lightly engraved “rifle type” sideplate with an etched Stand of Arms. The trigger-guard with a sculpted and chiseled forward finial and an engraved bow, en suite. In original flintlock configuration: the lock with a rounded lightly engraved lockplate with worn “M. L’AMTYNS”? maker’s signature, beneath the early-form “waterproof” powder-pan. In overall very good+/fine original flintlock condition. The barrel with a fine steel-gray age patina and some light scattered discoloration: fine touch-hole and bore. The hardware, en suite with smooth surfaces and very good engraving, some light wear and scattered discoloration. Fine stock with 85%+ finish and some scattered, minor handling marks, light wear and tight hairlines. The lock with untouched gunmetal-gray surfaces, a fine mechanism with a strong mainspring: complete with its original components. Original wooden ramrod with iron tip. A very nice and classic example of a French & Indian/American Revolutionary War Period French Flintlock Officer’s Pistol, ca. 1760. Overall length, 15″.
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