British Pattern 1759/94 Carbine Bore Light Dragoon Cavalry Pistol

.65 caliber. 9" pinned barrel. no S/N. Bright finish with brass furniture and a walnut stock. Some references call these pistols Pattern 1794, but they are essentially the 1759 pattern pistol with the post-1777 lock. Rounded lock with pronounced teat at rear with fenced and bridled rounded iron pan an border line engraving is engraved with the royal {CROWN}/GR and marked with a smaller {Crown-Broad Arrow} under the pan. Lock remains in original flint with original rounded swan-neck cock in place. Lock with {Crown}/3 inspection on the interior. Barrel with Board of Ordnance proofs at breech and engraved with the unit mark NCT with the triggerguard marked C/1. Counterpane stamped with a clear {Broad Arrow}/BO Board of Ordnance mark with a 1786 storekeepers mark at the wrist. A small {Crown}/9 inspection is present to the upper rear of the triggerguard on the obverse and the touchhole and ramrod channel also show {Crown}/9 inspections. The breech plug tang is inspected with a small {Crown} as well. Typical 1759 pattern furniture including the flat "geometric S" side plate and low lobe butt cap. Includes a brass tipped wooden ramrod that appears to be a more recent replacement secured by the flared pinned brass thimble. A solid, complete and nice displaying example of one of the primary British cavalry pistol patterns of the late 18th and early 19th century, a pattern that saw service from the end of the Seven Years War through the Napoleonic Wars. A similarly marked pistol is shown in Brooker's British Military Pistols, which he refers to as a Pattern 1793, which appears to be from the contract date more than a specific pattern change. Interestingly that pistol also bears a 1786 storekeeper's stamp, suggesting that these stamps were not replaced on an annual or even biannual basis and were in use well after the date associated with the stamp.


Good to very good. Barrel lightly cleaned, with a dull gray patina showing scattered surface oxidation and discoloration. Most markings remain clear and legible with unit marking on barrel weak. Lock in original flint and fully functional. Bore moderately oxidized and showing some pitting. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars with a small grain crack at the rear of the lock mortise.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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