John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
F & I War British Mdl.1738 Heavy Dragoon Pistol
F & I War British Mdl.1738 Heavy Dragoon Pistol

This great pistol was in noted F&I /Rev. War authors Billy Ahearn personal collection. It will come with all the personal correspondence that Billy had with noted British Historian Dr. DeWitt Bailey.  Bill wrote "Muskets of the Revolution and the French & Indian Wars"  along with many great articles for The Gun Report and Man at Arms . I believe this pistol was featured in one the magazines as I have Bills draft along with the original picture negatives which will come with the pistol. The following is Bill's taken from the first page of the article" The weapon illustrated is an example of the standard British Pattern 1738 Land Service pistol which evolved shortly after the emergence of the Brown Bess musket and continued into service for decades. The brass furniture is virtually a scaled down version of that found on the Long Land muskets of the era. It has a simple butt cap with extended grip straps. It has raised carvings around the lock, sideplate and the barrel tang similar to that found on the Pattern 1730 Long Land musket. The weapon is fitted with a wooden ramrod secured by a simple thimble and entry guide. The lock is engraved the royal cipher consisting of a Crown above the letters GR, as well as being stamped with a Crown over a Broad Arrow to denote government ownership. The tail of the lockplate is engraved Tower above the date 1741. The .60 cal. , 12 " barrel has been stamped on the breech with the King's proof as well as the initials EI which identify the barrel maker as Edward Jordan. He was a London gunmaker who manufactured gun components for the British Ordanence from 1733 until 1762. The barrel breech has also been struck with the number 53. It is common to find British Ord. weapons assembled in the 1730'2-40's to be marked this way. It is unknown what these numbers refer to and by the mid 1740' they all but disappered. Dr. Bailey speculates that thse numbers might be codes to identify specific contractors. The barrel has the remnants of a regimental marking for the "KINGS ROY'L GDS.".   The pistol has had some period wood repair mostly on the forestock. A wonderful pistol from a renouned collection.

Price: $9,500.00