A William IV New land pattern pistol 15 ½” overall, 9” round carbine bore barrel with Ordnance proofs and MR for Maria I of Portugal , stepped bolted border engraved lock with crown WR and broad arrow Ordnance stamp, border engraved throat hole cock, semi-waterproof pan, walnut full stock with domed stepped butt cap, trigger guard, ‘S’ shaped sideplate, single ramrod pipe, fore-end cap and swivel rammer, trigger guard bow engraved R7D2 which is a Portuguese regimental mark, stock stamped JR for Joao VI and ‘Lacy’.
In good crisp condition.
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