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Lock has a touch plate mark and there is a proof mark on top of barrel. It has an original flintlock, barrel and lock are in the white, has a brass fore end tip, trigger guard and buttplate. Walnut stock is very good with stress crack at base, the metal is bright gun metal with some age freckling.
For designing the pistol, Major Hodgdon recruited Joseph Perkins, New London's master armourer, and Joseph Golcher, a former associate of Perkins.
The lock is flat with beveled edges and is stepped behind the hammer.
The lock has a flat goose-neck cock with beveled edges and an integral, fenced, iron pan.
Excellent original walnut stock with most original finish and some minor chipping at right rear lock plate. Features a 9-1/2" barrel, is stamped 8LWRIEI3, lock has the GR with crown, the back is stamped Tower. The letter requested a new supply of muskets as well as 1,000 large horseman's pistols.
Lack of any proof marks leads us to believe that it was American made and manufactured using London parts. After authorization was granted, Knox assigned Major Samuel Hodgdon, Superintendent of Military Stores and Supervisor of the New London Arsenal in Virginia, to the task of developing the patterns for the muskets and pistol.
This is an example of the horsemen's pistol produced by that team, bearing the Major's "H" inspection mark, indicating that this was the final product to serve as the pattern for the remainder of the contract.
Lot#: 26559741 - Fine Early Brass Barrel Percussion Pistol. Iron tang is finely engraved, smooth brown patina, has a flared square handle with flat brass buttplate, features a finely engraved brass trigger guard. The letter called for the creation of a minimum of two new arsenal's to supplement The Springfield Armory which was over taxed with work.
Features a half octagon solid brass barrel, with a dark mustard appearance. On 4 March 1794 a letter was sent from Henry Knox, Revolutionary War General and then Secretary of War to Thomas Fitzsimons, the Congressional Representative from Philadelphia.