Antique Ketland Trade Pistol
.70 caliber smoothbore, 8-3/4" barrel,
walnut, brass furniture,
marked T. Ketland & Co.
Part Number: AAN-489
Availability: In Stock
Price: $1,499.00
This nice original antique pistol has English proof marks, and is marked T. Ketland & Co. on the lock plate. Stocked in English walnut, trimmed in brass furniture, the brass trim is decorated with a few lines of hand engraving.

The lock is a delightful example of a English flint lock, with a few engraved accents on the lock plate and a graceful goose neck cock. The pan does not have a external bridle. The lock has a strong mainspring, a smooth trigger release, and a secure half-cock notch. The T. Ketland marking is for Thomas Ketland. Similar locks will be found with W. Ketland markings, Thomas's eldest son.

The English walnut stock displays some wood shrinkage with the brass buttcap standing above the grip of the stock. The rear of the lock panel has a 1/2" long crack at the tail of the lock. The muzzle end of the stock has two repaired cracks tapering toward the forward ramrod pipe. The stock also has a crack down the centerline of the ramrod channel.

Our top view shows the 8-3/4" tapered round pistol barrel, marked with post 1813 Birmingham view and proof marks and a makers' mark on the side of the breech. The top of the barrel is shaped with a long flat with engraved border and fish design. The inside of the border is marked London. The 70 caliber bore is dark and rough.

No front or rear sight was fitted. The iron breech plug tang is engraved with a border and potted plant above the tang bolt. The barrel has aged to a speckled patina with a number of small handling marks from use.

The wrist is fitted with a small oval brass thumbpiece with engraved border. The oval thumbpiece has a small missing chip from it. Lock panels gently taper widest at the rear.

Our bottom view shows the tapered wooden ramrod with flared horn tip. The ramrod fits snugly, and it appears be the original to this pistol. The ramrod pipes are formed from sheet brass with raised rings at the ends from strength.

The trigger bow has been lightly engraved. The forward finial is engraved as a feather. The bow has been slightly tipped to one side, giving it an off-centered appearance. The stock has a crack from the front of the triggerguard finial to the lock panel. The lock panel has a 5/8" long wood chip missing.

The walnut stock has a check from the breech end of the barrel down through the lock bolt to the trigger pivot pin. This is a very typical area to crack due to the wood drying. The sideplate, with its two lock bolts, has been inlet flush with the stock and has a single line border of engraving around it's edges. The design of the sideplate is very similar to a British 1803 Baker rifle sideplate.

This smoothbore pistol has the sleek lines, graceful balance, the patina of age, and the eye appeal of a fine original antique. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.
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