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Sea Service pistol
Sea Service pistol. The pistol is fully stocked in walnut with an oval sectioned butt, with a flat brass butt plate to which is fitted a lanyard ring. There is a plain brass trigger guard. A brass cap covers the tip of the fore-end and is secured by an iron rivet. The lock is a sidelock flintlock. The barrel is of iron, circular section and smoothbore. The calibre is 0.65in. The pistol is inscribed on a copper plate beneath the lock HMS 'Victory'. The lockplate is inscribed with an anchor with 'D' to the left and 'C' or 'G' to the right. The barrel is inscribed with 'E' over 'LG' over '*'. The rough but serviceable appearance of this pistol indicates that it was almost certainly a service weapon. The flat butt cap and brass fore-end indicate a French influence. It was presumably sea service because of the anchor on lockplate, and is interesting in having no provision for a ramrod. The attribution to HMS 'Victory' is presumably false. It is very similar in appearance to AAA2415 and they are both presumably examples of the same regulation pattern in spite of minor diferences caused by different sources of manufacture.
- Image reference: E8566
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London