PHILADELPHIA Made Early 1800s EDWARD TYRON Antique .42 FLINTLOCK Pistol
ELK COUNTY, Pa. Manufactured AMERICAN FLINTLOCK
Here we present an antique American Flintlock Pistol, made circa the early 1800s by Edward Tyron of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Tyron family business started in the early 1700s with a merchant from Holland bringing arms and Indian trade goods for sale into this “New Country” and continued for over 150 years. The business prospered as a gun and gun parts dealer in the early 1800s and evolved into a leading wholesale house and hardware store in the early twentieth century.
The Tryon story is important to collectors because it was in the center of the gun trade in our new country and, more specifically, in the Philadelphia area. The picture of Tryon as a gun maker is often clouded by Tryon’s hardware store image of the late 1800s and the 1900s. The sale of imported and brand-name arms during this later period led many to consider Tryon merely another early Sears and Roebuck or Montgomery Ward with arms as a sideline, when he was actually one of the leading gunmakers of high-quality guns in the mid-1800s.
The overall condition is fair. The action does not hold full-cock, but does half-cock. The bore is smooth and patinated. The striped maple stock is solid. This one was designed as a small pistol to be concealed and never had a trigger guard. A neat pre-Henry Deringer small flintlock pistol!
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Barrel is 4 inches.
Caliber: .42 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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