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Belt Pistol

Artist/Maker:
Kennedy, D. & Co.
Place Made:
Moore County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1810-1820
Medium:
steel, silver
Dimensions:
LOA: 15 3/4
Accession Number:
3495
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Flintlock belt pistol. Trigger guard, strap and side inlays on grip, tail pipe, barrel pins, and tang inlays are engraved silver. Inscription on rectangular silver inlay on barrel. Inscription on strap inlay on grip. Carved leafage at fore-end of base of tail pipe. Engraved barrel.

STYLE: This is one of four known North Carolina silver-mounted flintlock pistols. Three are by the Kennedy family. This pistol was converted to percussion at a later date by Kennedy & Co., 1810-1815. The silver side plate which was probably engraved was replaced in the mid-nineteenth century with the present German silver side plate.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton