Box lock cannon barrel flint pistol

Object Number: 
1923.40
Date: 
1760-1780
Medium: 
Wood, iron, silver
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 7 1/8 in. ( 18.1 cm ) Overall: 12 in. ( 30.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: left plate: "CAIRNS & FREARS"; "I" on bottom barrel stamped: breech barrel: "crown/GP"; "crown/V"
Description: 
Wood, iron, and silver flintlock pistol; cannon barrel with cock mounted at top; iron furniture; bag handle with grotesque silver face buttcap; engraved flowers on trigger bow, barrel tang, and both plates; engraved crosshatching behind cock; stamped marks on barrel and left plate; stamped proofs at breech of barrel.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this pistol belonged to the donor's great-great grandfather, Philip Schuyler, a New York landowner who was commissioned a major general by Congress in June, 1776, and commanded the army's Northern Department until his replacement by Horatio Gates in August, 1777.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Louise Phillipe de Luze
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group