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Antique Flintlock Pistols

The indelible image of a pirate is a scruffy cutthroat brandishing a cutlass and a flintlock pistol while yelling, "Arrgh, matey!" Their actual history is more involved. Muzzle-loading flash-powder weapons fired by a piece of flint striking cold steel, antique flintlock pistols are some of the most basic firearms in existence. French court gunsmith Marin le Bourgeoys created the first flintlock musket with a true flintlock mechanism for King Louis XIII shortly after he ascended the throne in 1610.

Despite being bulky and notoriously inaccurate with a short effective range, the flintlock musket caused substantial casualties for more than two centuries. The shortest were less than 6 inches long and the longest stretched to more than 20 inches in length.

Used as self-defense weapons and as military arms, flash powder-fired flintlock pistols like the Ketland brass barrel smooth bore pistol were common in colonial America. During the Revolutionary War, British soldiers carried the New Model 1760 flintlock pistol, a design that was quickly copied by American arms makers. The Model 1775 .62 caliber single-shot flintlock pistol is considered by some to be the first U.S. Army-issued handgun. Flintlock pistols enjoy continuing popularity with both collectors and black-powder shooting enthusiasts.

 

Quick Facts

  • An exceedingly rare U.S. Model 1799 North & Cheney flintlock pistol with a letter of authentication sold at a 2012 Rock Island Auction sale for $51,750
  • A pair of George Washington’s flintlock saddle pistols, later owned by Andrew Jackson, sold for $1,986,000 at Christie’s in 2002. The pistols are now displayed at Fort Ligonier in Pennsylvania
  • In October 2015, am American-made flintlock pistol and leather holster dating to the late 18th century sold for a steal at Skinner: $923
  • Other types of pistols include <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/dueling-pistols/sc-0E2XTYTMGG/”>Dueling pistols</a>, <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/antique-percussion-pistols/sc-J0QLMOSVZN/”>antique percussion pistols</a> and <a href=”https://www.invaluable.com/colt-automatic-pistols/sc-NZT4XAEZK1/”>colt automatic pistols</a>. Most have their own unique firing characteristics which makes them very desirable for collectors worldwide.

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T BOLTEN & CO. ENGLAND 45 CAL. FLINTLOCK PISTOL
Dec 09, 10:00 AM EST
T BOLTEN & CO. ENGLAND 45 CAL. FLINTLOCK PISTOL
by Appalachian Trading Post & Auction Company
Est: $10- $5,000
$2005 Bids
ASSEMBLED KETLAND FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
Dec 05, 10:00 AM EST
ASSEMBLED KETLAND FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $75- $125
$1754 Bids
18th C Flintlock Double Barrel Pistols, Nock (2pc)
Dec 09, 4:00 PM EST
18th C Flintlock Double Barrel Pistols, Nock (2pc)
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $2,500- $5,000
$1,4003 Bids
Thomas Murdoch Scottish Flintlock Belt Pistol
Dec 09, 9:00 AM CST
Thomas Murdoch Scottish Flintlock Belt Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $8,000- $13,000
$7,5002 Bids
Antique Display Flintlock Pistol 19th Century
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Display Flintlock Pistol 19th Century
by RB Fine Arts
Est: $125- $250
$502 Bids
A 12 BORE FLINTLOCK EAST INDIA COMPANY PISTOL, 19TH CENTURY AND TWO FURTHER PISTOLS
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A 12 BORE FLINTLOCK EAST INDIA COMPANY PISTOL, 19TH CENTURY AND TWO FURTHER PISTOLS
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £150- £200
£701 Bid
Albanian Flintlock Pistol, c. 1825, L.- Overall- 17 in., Barrel- 9 1/2 in.
Dec 01, 10:00 AM CST
Albanian Flintlock Pistol, c. 1825, L.- Overall- 17 in., Barrel- 9 1/2 in.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $900
$4001 Bid
TWO ANTIQUE BRASS-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK PISTOLS
Dec 06, 9:30 AM GMT
TWO ANTIQUE BRASS-MOUNTED FLINTLOCK PISTOLS
by Elstob Auctioneers
Est: £100- £150
£601 Bid
A 16 BORE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY RICHARD WILSON, MINORIES, LONDON, LONDON PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1750
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A 16 BORE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY RICHARD WILSON, MINORIES, LONDON, LONDON PROOF MARKS, CIRCA 1750
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£1401 Bid
A miquelet flintlock pistol
Dec 15, 2:00 PM CET
A miquelet flintlock pistol
by Czerny's International Auction House
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Flintlock pistol, approximately .62 caliber
Dec 06, 9:00 AM EST
Flintlock pistol, approximately .62 caliber
by Pook & Pook Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$801 Bid
A 20 BORE FLINTLOCK OTTOMAN HOLSTER PISTOL (KUBUR), TURKEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A 20 BORE FLINTLOCK OTTOMAN HOLSTER PISTOL (KUBUR), TURKEY, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1001 Bid
A 24 BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1790
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A 24 BORE FLINTLOCK HOLSTER PISTOL, CIRCA 1790
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£1400 Bids
A 21 BORE D.B. FLINTLOCK CARRIAGE PISTOL BY JACKSON MORTIMER & SON, CIRCA 1813-16
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A 21 BORE D.B. FLINTLOCK CARRIAGE PISTOL BY JACKSON MORTIMER & SON, CIRCA 1813-16
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,0000 Bids
Historische Steinschlosspistole
Dec 01, 4:30 PM CET
Historische Steinschlosspistole
by Wettmann
Est: €200- €0
€2000 Bids
Flintlock Holster Pistols by Laurent Lecomte of Liege
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
Flintlock Holster Pistols by Laurent Lecomte of Liege
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $6,500- $9,500
$5,5000 Bids
Engraved and Carved Flintlock Pistol by Henri Petitjean of Liege
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
Engraved and Carved Flintlock Pistol by Henri Petitjean of Liege
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
Engraved & Gold Highlighted G. Massin Liegoise Flintlock Pistol
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
Engraved & Gold Highlighted G. Massin Liegoise Flintlock Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $3,750
$2,0000 Bids
St. Etienne Silver Mounted and Engraved Flintlock Pocket Pistol
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
St. Etienne Silver Mounted and Engraved Flintlock Pocket Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids
Engraved Pair of Symonds Flintlock Officer's Pistols
Dec 09, 9:00 AM CST
Engraved Pair of Symonds Flintlock Officer's Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,500- $6,000
$4,0000 Bids
A FINE SMALL 90 BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL BY PETER BARBER, NEWARK, CIRCA 1750
Dec 06, 11:00 AM GMT
A FINE SMALL 90 BORE FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL BY PETER BARBER, NEWARK, CIRCA 1750
by Olympia Auctions
Est: £1,000- £1,200
£5000 Bids
Cased Pair of Kuchenreuter Flintlock Officer's Pistols
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
Cased Pair of Kuchenreuter Flintlock Officer's Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $12,000- $18,000
$10,0000 Bids
Bennett Brass Barrel Flintlock "Blunderbuss" Pistol with Bayonet
Dec 09, 9:00 AM CST
Bennett Brass Barrel Flintlock "Blunderbuss" Pistol with Bayonet
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,800- $2,750
$1,6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Antique Flintlock Pistols


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Czerny's International Auction House

Czerny's International Auction House

Olympia Auctions

Olympia Auctions