A pattern 1777 Land Service pistol 19” overall, 12” round pistol bore barrel with central proof marks with earlier flat Sea Service lock stamped Tower crown GR with Ordnance mark, ring neck cock, bridle-less pan, walnut full stock with Ordnance storekeeper’s and JR mark (for Portugal), long spurred butt cap, belt hook, Sea Service side plate, single ramrod pipe and ramrod (possibly original). Made up for Portuguese service.
Pistol in good condition, well patinated.
Note: Great Britain supplied Portugal with ordnance pistols during and after the Napoleonic Wars. They were marked with the sovereigns cipher, either JR for Joao VI (1799-1826) or Maria I (1828-53).
See page 66, British Military Pistols 1603-1888 by R.E. Brooker, Jr.
Provenance Robert E Brooker Jr Collection author of British Military Pistols 1603-1888.