A RARE .650 PERCUSSION PISTOL FOR THE EAST INDIA COMPANY, no visible serial number,
converted from the 1819 'Baker' pattern circa 1840 (see notes below) using the original round iron 9in. barrel, brazed percussion snail, moulded bands at breech and solid top-tang, London proofs, radiused lock with the E.I.C. rampant lion trademark (rubbed), pointed tail, original apertures for the frizzen and spring to the flat bar, walnut full-stock with brass furniture, the underside of the flat-based brass butt-cap with central iron lanyard ring marked 'H.L.' over 'A.4' over 'N', the edge further engraved '2LC E91', exposed flat spring to underside of fore-end retaining the captive iron pan-head rammer
Provenance: David Harding states in his book East India Company Small Arms Volume II (pgs. 302-304) that only 2315 flintlock cavalry pistols were converted, exclusively for the Bombay Army. The first batch of 1500 were ordered on 8th February 1840 with the remainder (815 pieces) being ordered on 18th August of the same year. In 1845/46 at Madras, modification to the way identification of small arms were applied took place. It was dictated that all pistols were to be marked on the underside of butt at heel, and the markings on this pistol are for 'Horse Lancer, 'A' Troop, Trooper No.4' with the 'N' being the E.I.C. date code for 1848/49. The numbers etc. around the edge of the cap are the older numbers from when the pistol was still flintlock and translate as '2nd Regiment Light Cavalry, Troop 'E', Trooper 91'
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