British Dublin Castle .655 Cal — Single Shot Flintlock Pistol, Early 1800’s Antique

SOLD FOR: $965.00
Make: Dublin Castle
Model: Flintlock Pistol
Serial Number: NSNV
Year of Manufacture: Late 1700’s to early 1800’s
Caliber: .655
Action Type: Side Lock Flintlock
Markings: The right side of the lock plate is marked “DUBLIN CASTLE” amongst a shield shaped outline. There is a *CROWN* over “GR”. The top of the barrel has extremely light markings that could read as “DR”. The underside of the trigger guard has what looks to be a very light “PF” marking. The left side of the pistol grip, just above the trigger, on the wood stock, appears to be an “LT”.
Barrel Length: 9”
Sights / Optics: This flintlock pistol does not have a sighting system.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The lacquered walnut wood stock extends to the muzzle, and houses a wooden ram rod that does not have brass fittings. The ram rod is cracked and the top is broken off. The pistol stock shows scattered compression marks, dings, cracks, chips, dents, and a larger series of cracks at the handle of the pistol, which spreads to the tang, and splinters on the left side of the pistol; the crack goes all the way through to the trigger guard on the right side of the stock. There is a significant chip missing on the left side of the pistol grip, just above the brass pommel. The right side of the stock has a chip missing just below and aft of the hammer. There are white scuff marks on the bottom of the pistol near the lock. The grips rate in about “Poor” overall condition.
Type of Finish: Bare steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The smooth bore of this pistol shows heavy pitting and surface erosion.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 5% of its metal finish. The steel components of the lock, and firing mechanism have developed a heavy brown patina, with pitting, and frosting. The brass portions have darkened with age, with off-green corrosion. The brass has pin prick erosion, and scattered pitting. The screw heads are marred, with the tang screw and pommel screw rusted into place. The crown and “GR” marking are highly visible, however the other markings mentioned above are nearly illegible. Overall, this handgun rates in about Poor condition.
Mechanics: The action does not function correctly. The hammer does not lock back in place, but has ample spring tension. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a British military pattern Dublin Tower pistol with a lot of potential history behind it. The hammer has two studs visible just aft of the lock mechanism, which was a modification for British service pistols in 1777. This is a must have for flintlock collectors, given its history and military service.

British Dublin Castle .655 Cal -- Single Shot Flintlock Pistol, Early 1800's Antique
British Dublin Castle .655 Cal — Single Shot Flintlock Pistol, Early 1800’s Antique