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Single Shot Pistols or Multi-Shot Revolvers in the Flintlock Configuration
Authentic Artifacts from the Revolutionary War Era thru About 1840
WOW! Gorgeous Scottish Flintlock Pistol From Ancell & Salmond Circa 1850
Item #: A2876
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WOW! That is the first word that comes to mind when you see this gun. This flintlock would have been made between 1848 and 1852 by Ancell & Salmond of Perth (Scotland). This gun has that wonderful look that you associate with the Scottish highlanders. The gun was made by Ancell and Salmond and is so marked on the lockplate. Robert Ancell had entered the gun making trade around 1820, working on St. John Street in Perth. In 1837, he moved his business to 44 George Street and in 1848 he partnered with Salmond (first name not shown in any directory), working as Ancell and Salmond for only four years, until 1852. So we know this gun was made in a 4 year production window. The pistol is of all metal construction, with the frame, barrel and lock all of steel. The steel has a gorgeous smooth silver color as you see. The octagon to round to octagon barrel measures 5 inches in overall length. It fires a bullet of about .40 caliber which translates to about 72-Bore in the English system. The overall length of the pistol is approximately 8 ¾ inches. The lock of the pistol beautifully engraved ANCELL & SALMOND / PERTH forward of the cock, under the pan. The lock is lightly engraved with sprays at its rear, and with cool looking feathers along it upper edge. The pistol remains in its original flintlock configuration and even the top jaw and screw appear to be original. The lock works correctly on all positions. The original ball shaped trigger is in place and functions correctly. The trigger itself is decorated with a cut-glass finial that is roughly pineapple shaped, which is secured to the threaded trigger pin with a handmade nut that has been lightly engraved with a pattern of geometric lines that are found elsewhere on the pistols. The top of the rear most octagonal section of the barrel is nicely engraved "Makers to H.R.H. Prince Albert", the husband of Queen Victoria. It was not uncommon for mid-19th century English gunmakers that had ever sold even a single firearm to the prince to mark their guns as if they were his primary supplier of firearms. The rearmost octagonal section of the barrel is engraved with well executed, stylized Celtic knot motifs, while the dodecagonal section at the muzzle is engraved with geometric lines that appear to represent mountains (the highlands?) on some of the flats, interspersed with geometric variants of stylized Celtic knots and arrows. On the back side of the frame, it has the original belt hook attached and it measure 3 3/8th inches in overall length. The steel stock has a bright, silvery patina that is very attractive. The stock has the classic, stylized ram’s horn butt, with the vent pick in the center of the butt. The vent pick is brightly blued, like many of the small parts, and retains most of its finish. The pick has a round, cut glass finial tip that is of the same type and style as the trigger finial. The the original button head steel ramrod is in place under the barrel, secured by a rolled steel pipe, with the end extending into a hole in the frame. The pipe is engraved with geometric motifs as found on the balance of the gun. This one has a simply beautiful look all over. Any collector or museum would love to have this flintlock pistol in their collection.

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$5,850.00 USD

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