1780 Dated REVOLUTIONARY WAR Era Antique French M1777 FLINTLOCK Pistol .69
Predecessor to the First US Martial Pistol, the Model 1799!
Here we present an antique French Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol made August 1780. The Model 1777 pistol was designed in the late 1770s, and it was manufactured until 1792 in three French arsenals, those being Saint-Etienne, Charleville, and Maubeuge. Between the period of 1778 to 1792, it is estimated that approximately 145,000 were fabricated.
The Model 1777 is historically significant to the American Revolutionary War, as the French recognized the United States of America’s independence and sovereignty in 1778 and declared war on Britain as the fledgling nation’s ally. The French had begun sending arms and supplies in 1775, but secretly. With their new alliance, France provided the U.S. with loans, arms and even troops to fight on U.S. soil. Predecessor to the North & Cheney 1799 pistol, many French 1777 pistols came over from Europe during the American Revolutionary War, both with French troops and as part of the military aid supplied to the Revolution.
After the American Revolution, the first U.S. martial pistol made and officially adopted in America was the incredibly scarce Model 1799, made by Simeon North & Elisha Cheney. The Model 1799 was patterned very closely to the Model 1777, with only a few changes. Only 2,000 1799s were made, making them incredibly rare and very expensive, valued in the tens of thousands.
Finally, the Model 1777 is also historically significant to the French. At the time of this particular pistol’s making, in 1785, King Louis XVI was on the throne. In 1789, the French Revolution began and chaos ensued for the next 10 years, characterized by insurrections, mob violence, execution and assassination. King Louis XVI was executed in 1793. Simultaneously, France was at war with much of Europe. Eventually, Napoleon Bonaparte rose out of the ranks through coup and became emperor.
The overall condition is good+. The iron parts have a weathered appearance throughout. The brass is similarly worn and patinaed. The walnut stock is solid and smooth. The right side is marked “AOUST/A/1780/Crown B”. The left side of the barrel still bears a faint “80” year date marking. The frame is marked with a faint “St. Etienne” little of which remains with a crown/L proof near the cock. The action is excellent. The bore is dim and smooth, appropriate for age and use. This is a fantastic specimen dating back to 1780!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .69 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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