British Board of Ordnance Marked Brass Barreled Flintlock Trade Pistol by Sharpe

.60 caliber. 8.5" pinned brass octagon barrel. SN: NSN. Bright finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Flat flint lock with pointed tail in original flint configuration marked "TOWER" in an arc at the tail and "SHARPE" under the fenced and bridled iron pan. Barrel marked "LONDON" on the top flat and "EXTRAPROOF" on the left angled flat, along with a set of British Board of Ordnance proof marks. Rudimentary flat S-shaped side plate, lightly engraved brass triggerguard, brass butt cap and brass ramrod thimbles. This Board of Ordnance inspected trade type pistol was likely made up during the War of 1812 for use by Natives allied to the British or the use of Canadian militia, as higher quality arms were reserved for use by British line troops, particularly those fighting Napoleon in Europe. The lock markings likely refers to Birmingham gunmaker John Sharpe who worked circa 1811-1831.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness


Fine. Brass barrel with a thick, uncleaned patina and clear markings. Lock with a rich brown patina. Lock in original flint and functional, although full-cock requires some effort. Bore good, dirty and moderately oxidized. Stock with some wear, catered bumps, dings and mars but without any breaks, repairs or major flaws.

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000
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