A 1777 Pattern Flintlock Sea Service Pistol. 19 ¼” overall, 12” barrel with ordnance proofs engraved ‘HMS Caesar’. Flat 1777 lock engraved ‘Tower’ & crown over ‘GR’ with inspector’s stamp. Walnut full stock with storekeeper’s mark. Regulation brass furniture. Iron belt hook, brass tipped ramrod.
In good condition, the engraving of HMS Caesar looks to be original, but it is uncommon to find pistols named to ships so one should always be sceptical, priced accordingly.
HMS Caesar took part in the Battle of Cape Ortegal was the final action of the Trafalgar campaign and was fought between a squadron of the British Royal Navy and a remnant of the French fleet that had mostly been destroyed only two weeks earlier at the Battle of Trafalgar. It took place on 4 November 1805 off Cape Ortegal in north-west Spain and saw a squadron under Captain Sir Richard Strachan in HMS Caesar defeat and capture a French squadron under Rear-Admiral Pierre Dumanoir Le Pelley.