George Washington's correspondence includes dozens of references to purchasing pistols and to receiving them as gifts from friends. His executors recorded four pairs of pistols and "7 Guns" in his Study after his death. This pair of flintlock holster or traveling pistols survived in good condition until the mid-19th century, when family history maintains a curious servant fired one. More

Date

c. 1780


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Geography


Material/Technique

Walnut, brass (barrel), paktong, silver wire inlay, steel


Dimensions

Overall: 5 7/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. x 2 1/8 in. (14.92 cm x 37.47 cm x 5.4 cm)


Credit

Gift of Mary Mildred Sullivan and George Hammond Sullivan, 1917


Marks

Stamped twice on proper left side of barrel at breech with a crown above two crossed sceptres (Tower of London private proof marks). Engraved on top of barrel at breech: "London", and on lockplate: "Woolley".


Object Number

W-480/A


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