Called the "A La Mandrin" and known as the poor mans North & Cheney, this French Model 1777 flintlock pistol features a 7 1/2 inch smooth bore 75 caliber iron barrel made without sights, iron hammer, frizzen, spring, backstrap and trigger, brass frame with a 6 3/8 iron belt clip attached to the bottom just behind the trigger, brass trigger guard, flash pan and butt cap. Iron ram rod with a flared tip which fits at an angle into the right front of the frame. There is a "crown / A" proof mark on the frame just behind the flash pan and an "82" on the left rear of the barrel. No other markings are visible. Mounted with a one piece stock and no forearm. The North & Cheney Model 1799 was patterned after this pistol.
Fair. The iron parts have a gray patina with scattered minor pitting. The brass has an artificially aged patina with a few minor dings. The stock is good with a number of minor dents, dings and scratches, slightly ill-fitting and warped at the barrel and frame and has a hand rubbed patina. The action is good. From the Will Hoffeld Collection.
This pistol is very similar to A except that the front of the frame is contoured slightly different and it is mounted with a Model 1783 stock. The frame is marked with a "crown / L" proof just behind the flash pan and "St Etienne" below the hammer. The belt hook has been removed.
Refinished and repaired (barrel welded on left side). The metal surfaces have a brown patina with some scattered minor pitting on the barrel and ramrod. The brass has an aged patina with a few minor dings. The stock is fair being slightly ill-fitting and warped at the barrel and frame. The action is good. From the Will Hoffeld Collection.
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