A GOOD .65 IRISH SERVICE FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY W. & J. RIGBY, CIRCA 1820, no visible serial number ,
with 9in. barrel, the top flat marked 'DUBLIN' near the breech, fitted with a swivel rammer hinged at the muzzle, border engraved flat style lock with stepped rounded tail, struck with the makers name 'W & J RIGBY' to the centre, regulation brass mounted full walnut stock, with typical Rigby slimmed fishtail style butt, excellent stock, sharp and crisp overall the barrel rebrowned with some minor speckling, a good example of one of these Irish service pistols by one of Ireland's most famous makers
Provenance: Pistols of this pattern are modelled on the Board of Ordnance New Land Light Dragoon pistol and were supplied by Rigby to the Irish establishment. In some of the records they are described as 'Large Post Office Pattern', they were intended for Government servants including the Police and Customs officers. At least 2650 were supplied possibly more, some variations can be encountered, some have locks with the old style pans such as this example, which might be indicative of early manufacture and others with the raised semi-waterproof pan of probable later manufacture
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