Pistol / Hand GunsMuzzleloaderAn 18th Century Dean & Sons Single Shot Manstopper Percussion PistolCalibre .54
~ An 18th Century Dean & Sons Single Shot Manstopper Percussion Pistol ~
This is an excellent example of an early percussion manstopper pistol made in the last decades of the 18th century.
Judging by its belt hook and calibre, the pistol was manufactured most probably for a naval officer.
The bore diameter is 0.58 inches, meaning that it will accommodate a .54 calibre lead ball with its canvas or paper patch. So the standard ammunition issued for the regular sea service pistols can be used with this particular piece.
The pistol is fitted with the early design hinged brass top ramming rod and the, experimental at the time, dedicated percussion system.
The top of the hexagonal barrel is marked with the manufacturer’s mark and the metal frame is decorated with intricate foliage inlays.
The walnut grip bears a brass cartouche on the top and still bears chequering signs on it which faded over the years.
The pistol is fitted with both a front and a rear sight. The front site is made of silver.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel is 5 ¼ inches (13.5 cm) and the overall length of the piece is 9 ¾ inches (25 cm).
The pistol weighs 530 grams.
~ Condition ~
A small section of the wooden grip has been replaced at one point in time, but the repair was well done.
The bore remains quite clean with some surface rust but free of serious damage.
The pistol half cocks, cocks and releases with a strong spring.
~ Postage ~
Postage costs £14 or the bayonet can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
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