Fur Trade Flintlock Pistol English/American Brass Barrel
c. 1815-1830 American Fur Trade Period, English/American Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol, by T. KETLAND, Choice Fine.
This Pistol is in its original Flintlock configuration and is in good mechanical working order and measures 13.5" long overall. This historic American Fur Trade period, English/American Brass Barrel Flintlock Pistol was produced by 'T. KETLAND', circa 1815-1830. It has a heavy 7.5" Brass octagon barrel of .58 caliber smooth bore with a Liege, Belgium oval PROOF mark next to 'LONDON' on the top flat of the breech, as well as Two Birmingham PROOFS on the left side of the breech. The lock is maker marked 'T. KETLAND & Co.' with a higher quality roller frizzen spring. The Brass furniture has a pleasing dark rich yellow natural patina that appears standard for this type of pistol. The trigger guard appears to have been period replaced with a larger section of guard from a Pennsylvania Long Rifle. An Inlaid Wrist Escutcheon made of Pewter is stamped with a small "Eagle's Head" over the Hudson Bay Company 'E B' TOMBSTONE FOX (J. E. BARNETT). We have seen only two other examples with wrist escutcheons marked in this fashion. The stock has a minor age stress crack just in front of the lock plate, and a repaired crack just under the rear of the lock plate. Overall, this gun is solid with normal actual use and handling. The wood ram rod appears to be a replacement. A nice Flintlock pistol typical of the early American Fur Trade period.