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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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Antique London Boxlock Flintlock Cannon Barrel Pistol
May 31, 1:00 PM EDT
Antique London Boxlock Flintlock Cannon Barrel Pistol
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$1204 Bids
Pedersoli Harper’s Ferry .58 Cal. Flintlock 1807 US Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Pedersoli Harper’s Ferry .58 Cal. Flintlock 1807 US Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2004 Bids
Traditions Trapper .50 Cal. Flintlock Pistol
Jun 22, 9:30 AM EDT
Traditions Trapper .50 Cal. Flintlock Pistol
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$703 Bids
D.A. Viens Contemporary Flintlock Pistol
Jun 05, 9:00 AM CDT
D.A. Viens Contemporary Flintlock Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $400- $600
$5503 Bids
SMALL 7-3/4" EUROPEAN FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
SMALL 7-3/4" EUROPEAN FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$3252 Bids
OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
OTTOMAN FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
FINE PAIR OF DOUBLE BARREL SPENCER LONDON
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
FINE PAIR OF DOUBLE BARREL SPENCER LONDON
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
INTERESTING PAIR OF SCREW BARREL FLINTLOCK FOLDING
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
INTERESTING PAIR OF SCREW BARREL FLINTLOCK FOLDING
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
ASA WATERS MODEL 1836 US FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
ASA WATERS MODEL 1836 US FLINTLOCK PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $600- $1,000
$3001 Bid
GOOD QUALITY VERY SMALL (6-3/4") FRENCH FLINTLOCK
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
GOOD QUALITY VERY SMALL (6-3/4") FRENCH FLINTLOCK
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $600- $700
$3001 Bid
FLINTLOCK BRASS BOXLOCK POWDER TESTER BY JAMES
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
FLINTLOCK BRASS BOXLOCK POWDER TESTER BY JAMES
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
NEWLY DISCOVERED HARPERS FERRY MODEL 1805
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
NEWLY DISCOVERED HARPERS FERRY MODEL 1805
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5001 Bid
Late 18th/Early 19th Century Flintlock Pistol,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Late 18th/Early 19th Century Flintlock Pistol,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD5001 Bid
Pair of French An XIII Flintlock Pistols
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Pair of French An XIII Flintlock Pistols
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$9001 Bid
Ornate Silver Mounted Flintlock Pistol
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Ornate Silver Mounted Flintlock Pistol
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
$1,2001 Bid
FRENCH MODEL 1763 CHARLIVILLE PISTOL.
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
FRENCH MODEL 1763 CHARLIVILLE PISTOL.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
PISTOL
Jun 09, 10:30 AM EDT
PISTOL
by Farrin's country Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Balkan Miquelet Flintlock Pistol,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Balkan Miquelet Flintlock Pistol,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD450- AUD650
AUD3751 Bid
KETLAND C. FLINT LOCK PISTOL OWNED BY H.G. FOLEY C. 1795 - 1802 , LONDON (6 1/2" LONG)
Jun 02, 10:30 AM EDT
KETLAND C. FLINT LOCK PISTOL OWNED BY H.G. FOLEY C. 1795 - 1802 , LONDON (6 1/2" LONG)
by Carlsen Gallery, Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Cased Pair of Engraved Boxlock Pocket Pistols by Charles Mayes
Jun 21, 9:00 AM CDT
Cased Pair of Engraved Boxlock Pocket Pistols by Charles Mayes
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,0001 Bid
FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL
Jun 06, 12:00 PM BST
FLINTLOCK POCKET PISTOL
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £300- £400
£2600 Bids
PAIR OF GOOD QUALITY FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOLS
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
PAIR OF GOOD QUALITY FLINTLOCK CAVALRY PISTOLS
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$2,0000 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

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Holts Auctioneers

Holts Auctioneers