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A fine example of a Dublin Castle Light Dragoon Pistol, typically mounted with a 1777 flat pistol lock with a swan neck cock and a 9 inch barrel. Given the number of British Army regiments either stationed in Ireland, or temporarily based there awaiting embarkation for service abroad, it made sense for an arms assembly and servicing facility to be established there.
This pistol belongs to the “Later” Dublin Castle Light Dragoon group which are mounted with more modern furniture compared to the Land Service furniture of the “Earlier” group. Typically this pistol is mounted with a simpler flat “S” shaped sideplate, a flatter trigger guard front finial and a single trumpet-shaped ramrod pipe mouth.
The barrel is struck with Dublin Castle proof marks, moulded at the breech and without a sight. The lock is stamped in front of the cock with a Crown over “G R” Cypher, enhanced by a line border and the tail is stamped “Dublin Castle” within a triangular lined panel. The stock is stamped on the counterlock side with an Irish acceptance stamp of a Crown with an arrow beneath and the now illegible stamp of the stockmaker. to its top left. The tapering wooden rammer has a brass cap terminal. The figured full stock has an apron around the barrel tang.
The pistol is in fine condition with the lock mechanism still in crisp order.
Provenance: This pistol is from the collection of the late Clive Brook who together with Barry Chisnall and Geoff Davies co-authored “British Ordnance Single Shot Pistols”, published by Maine Military in 2019. The pistol is featured on page 9-17. A copy of this publication is included with the sale of this pistol.