~ 1818 Dated Flintlock Pistol Of Captain Sir Thomas Foley GCB "Hero of the Battle of the Nile" ~
The pistol is fitted with a hexagonal brass barrel engraved on the top ‘J HARDING, BOROUGH – LONDON, THOMAS FOLEY ESQ CAPTAIN R.N.’.
The arms and banners decorated lock plate of the pistol is also engraved with the manufacturer’s name ‘J Harding’.
The ramrod’s holster rings, the walnut chequered grip’s butt and trigger guard are made of silver. The trigger guard is engraved with arms and banners and decorated with a pineapple finial.
The grip extension of the silver triggered guard is hallmarked for Sterling, London, manufacturing year 1818, King George IIIrd duty mark (1786-1821) and manufacturer MB (Moses Brent).
The pistol is fitted with a frontal silver sight and a steel rear sight.
The top of the grip is decorated with an oval silver cartouche.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 8.77 inches (22.3 cm) and the overall length of the pistol is 14 inches (35.5 cm).
It weighs 830 grams.
~ Condition ~
The pistol is in excellent condition for its age.
The metalwork remains clean with minimum age scratches and the bore almost untouched on the inside.
The silver marks are slightly faded but are still visible.
The pistol half cocks, cocks and releases with ease.
The wooden frame has some minor age scratches and a period repair at the top of the muzzle.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £25 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ Admiral Sir Thomas Foley GCB (1757 – 9 January 1833) ~
He entered the Royal Navy in 1770, and, during his time as midshipman, saw a good deal of active service in the West Indies against American privateers. Promoted lieutenant in 1778, he served under Admiral Keppel and Sir Charles Hardy in the Channel, and with Rodney's squadron was present at the defeat of De Langara off Cape St Vincent in 1780, and at the relief of Gibraltar. Still under Rodney's command, he went out to the West Indies, and took his part in the operations which culminated in the victory of 12 April 1782.
In the French Revolutionary War he was engaged from the first. As flag-captain to Admiral John Gell, and afterwards to Sir Hyde Parker, Foley took part in the siege of Toulon in 1793, the action of Golfe Jouan in 1794, and the two fights off Toulon on the 13th of April and the 13th of July 1795. At St Vincent he was flag-captain to the second in command on Britannia. After the battle he was transferred to the Goliath (74), in which he was sent out in the following year to reinforce Nelson's fleet in the Mediterranean.
The part played by the Goliath in the Battle of the Nile was brilliant. She led the squadron round the French van, and this manoeuvre contributed not a little to the result of the day.