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November 2, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Virginia Manufactory Cut Down Indian Pistol

Auction: Sale #3165M - 3165M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: November 02, 2018 10:00AM


Virginia Manufactory Cut Down Indian Pistol, c. 1816, .70 caliber, cut down walnut stock with the trigger guard tail wrapped around the grip, lock is marked "RICHMOND/1816" and "VIRGINIA/Manufactory," converted to percussion with wrapped wire as the front barrel band, barrel lg. 7, overall lg. 14 in.

Provenance: The Dale C. Anderson collection, 1985; the Bill Ahearn collection.

Literature: Illustrated and described in Bill Ahearn, "The Alteration of American Indian Firearms," The Gun Report (May 2000).

Note: There is a note that states "The old pistol was taken from a bad Indian by the name/of 'Bad Heart,' who had it loaded pretty full and carried/it over the left arm in plain sight. Father saw him try to/kill the agent with it but was frustrated by grandfather/who jumped in and threw him down and took his knife and the/gun away from him./Father says it is probably an old "flint-lock," and when/it was taken it was loaded very heavily and primed with a/great big old percussion cap. He does not think it had ever/been shot by the Indian, who carried it around to scare/people."
Estimate $400-600

Stock has wear and missing wood, the iron is a plum color and the lock functions properly.

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Virginia Manufactory Cut Down Indian, Cartridge, Firearm actions, Flintlock, Military history, Military technology, Multiple barrel firearms