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Pistol (one of pair)

Artist/Maker:
Bullard, John or William
Place Made:
Fredericksburg Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1800-1815
Medium:
steel, black walnut
Dimensions:
LOA: 8
Accession Number:
3176.1
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Steel-frame boxlock flint gun. Inscription on right side of grip. Bright cut engraving and skip-line checkering on stock. Eight-leafed flower design on left side of grip. Round barrel. Curved rear trigger extension. Engraved trigger. .48 caliber.

STYLE: This gun was made in the tidewater area of Virginia. It is similar to the late eighteenth-century Birmingham guns. The checkering reflects a common London gunmaking motif. The gun would have been used for protection in travel, and the set is the only known pair of American boxlock pistols of the flintlock period.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Douglas III