This is a French martial pistol that appears to have been restocked for private use. Given the large number of French arms and arms components imported during the American Revolution, it is possible it was restocked by a German-American gunsmith. The main metal components clearly come from a French Model 1763/66 pistol. However, the stock features raised flats as well as floral carving not found on the martial pistols, and the lock has a cock with notch at the heel and a corresponding dog catch with fairly ornate design. The barrel is also approximately 1 inch shorter than standard. Provenance: The Richard P. Mellon Collection
Good as period restocked and subsequently refinished with a mixture of applied artificial brown and brown patina on the lock and barrel along with mild pitting, traces of original markings on the lock, natural aged patina on the brass, and moderate overall wear. The stock is fair and has a large chip absent under the tail of the lock, filled cracks and insect damage in the wrist and left flat, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine.
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