British Flintlock Horse Artillery Pistol


Flintlock British horse artillery pistol circa 1790



This is probably one of the arrest pistols we have on our books at present. This pistol by Wilson of London, circa 1790 was one of the few patterns proposed for the newly formed horse artillery during the Napoleonic war. The contract to supply eventually was awarded to H Nock. The horse artillery was established to attack and soften up enemy ranks before either a cavalry or infantry charge, which proved very effective. The pistol itself is twelve and a half inches long with a 4.5 inch, .57 bore, tapered turn-off barrel. Marked through out and with an inscription to the top of the brass section of the barrel, Pattern Pistol Proposed For The Horse Artillery. A very interesting and unique piece.