SHARPE “EXTRAPROOF” .62 FLINTLOCK Tower NORTH AMERICAN TRADE Pistol Antique
KING GEORGE III BROAD ARROW BOARD of ORDNANCE
Here we present an antique British Board of Ordnance Proofed “Extraproof” Flintlock Pistol by John Sharpe, made circa 1812 in Birmingham, England. John Sharpe was a gunmaker working from about 1808 to 1831.
Many gunmakers during this time were contracted with the Hudson Bay Company to supply these good quality flintlock pistols that were traded to Native Americans in exchange for fur pelts that drove the North American economy for some time in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.
This pistol has Birmingham proofs and Board of Ordnance broad arrow with initials for Georgius Rex, usually reserved for military weapons. “TOWER” and “SHARPE” on the lock. It is very likely that this was used by Britain’s Native American allies during the War of 1812. This is a large fighting pistol with an octagonal brass barrel with Sharpe’s “EXTRAPROOF” marking.
The overall condition is very good. Nice patina. The action is excellent, holding both cock notches firmly. The bore is smooth and patinated. The stock shows use and some minor splitting around the muzzle of the barrel, but poses no greater risk to the rest of the stock. Clear markings. Birmingham proof and Board of Ordnance broad arrow with initials for Georgius Rex. “TOWER” and “SHARPE” on the lock.
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Barrel is 8-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .62 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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