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c1770s SCOTTISH JOHN CAMPBELL All-Metal Flintlock PISTOL ENGRAVED Antique Rare, Iconic Sidearm of the Period of Revolution!
c1770s SCOTTISH JOHN CAMPBELL All-Metal Flintlock PISTOL ENGRAVED Antique
Rare, Iconic Sidearm of the Period of Revolution!
Here we present an antique Scottish Flintlock Pistol by John Campbell, made circa the 1770s. John Campbell was an active gunmaker in Doune, Scotland circa 1760 into and beyond the turn of the century and is among the most well-known makers of these all-metal pistols made of iron, steel, and silver. His family began working in the trade at the end of the 17th Century and continued through the beginning of the 19th.
Of the firearms produced in Great Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, all-metal pistols made in Scotland are the most culturally distinctive. The uniquely Scottish features on this pistol include a metal stock, a belt hook and boldly executed engraving on all components. Although this pistol was quite capable of being used as weapons, its primary function was that of an ornament, instantly identifying its wearer as Scottish. John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore and last Royal Governor of Virginia, was portrayed by Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1765 wearing a pistol strikingly similar to this one. Another nearly identical pair like this one was carried by General Israel Putnam during the American Revolution. He captured them at the very beginning of hostilities on April 19, 1775, at Lexington and Concord from Major John Pitcairn of the British Marines, who was also Scottish. Of course, Scots found their sympathies split during the conflict. The Scottish Highlanders (namely the 71st Regiment of Foot also known as Fraser’s Highlanders) fought on behalf of the crown throughout the war. There were also many Scottish immigrants to the New World. At the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Scotch-Irish patriots defeated the Scottish Loyalists in 1780.
The stock is entirely of steel, engraved and silver-inlaid with Celtic ornaments, and on the left side is a long belt hook of steel chiseled and pierced with scrolls, foliation, and roping. The ramrod is also of steel, with chiseled features at the fore end. This pistol represents well the most typical form of all-metal pistols worn in Scotland both with military uniforms and as an accessory of Scottish national dress from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries.
The overall condition is fine. The action is strong. The smooth bore is in good condition. The action is excellent. “JOHN CAMPBELL” is engraved on the lock. Almost entirely covered engravings and silver accents. This is a wonderful piece that will suit the person who wants a piece of history, either from Scotland or perhaps a sidearm that could have been involved in the War for Independence of the United States.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .55 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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