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AMERICAN MADE
COLONIAL PERIOD
FLINTLOCK PISTOL

In US Single Shot Collecting, there is a undefined and odd merging of guns with similar characteristics under three different titles.  Some are called Kentucky Pistols, some are called Colonial Period and some are described as Committee of Safety.  It appears to me that in many cases, they strongly overlap.  I believe this is an early Colonial Period pistol because of the characteristics it presents.  It has a seven inch 50 caliber barrel which is slightly swamped at the muzzle.  The wood is obviously American black walnut.  The unmarked lock is almost banana shaped and lacks the arm on the pan which retains the frizzen (a very early feature).  The hammer is early gooseneck in design.  The butt cap is reminiscent of an English Dragoon Pistol.  The counterpane is simple and basically American in design.  The barrel bears no proof marks but has a sunken number 137 stamped on the left side.  There is also a cryptic mark on the left side of the barrel that I don't quite understand.  The metal surface on top of the barrel is contoured and sculpted, which is again a very early feature.  Now this gun is missing its mainspring, has wood damage to the left side along the barrel and is missing its trigger guard.  But I think it is worth somebody restoring.  The brass parts are lightly lined and engraved.  Based on the characteristics that I am looking at, I believe this gun was made slightly before the Revolutionary War in Colonial America.  SOLD!!