Box lock cannon barrel flint pistol

Box lock cannon barrel flint pistol
Title
Box lock cannon barrel flint pistol
Date 
1760-1780
Medium 
Wood, iron, silver
Dimensions 
barrel length: 7 1/8 in. ( 18.1 cm ) Overall: 12 in. ( 30.5 cm )
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.
Credit Line 
Gift of Louise Phillipe de Luze
Object Number 
1923.40
Marks 
stamped: left plate: "CAIRNS & FREARS"; "I" on bottom barrel stamped: breech barrel: "crown/GP"; "crown/V"
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group