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Another set of presentation George Washington pistols

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by forward observer, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. forward observer

    forward observer Member

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    I know that another member here posted a few weeks ago about obtaining one of these reproduction sets of silver mounted flintlocks representing a set presented to George Washington during the revolutionary war, but I snagged a set last week and wanted show mine off also.

    These sets were issued in a limited run of 975 pairs starting in 1976 during the US Bicentennial. With my set I got the original COA, owners manual, and other documents plus the original shipping carton and all internal packing boxes from the US Historical
    Society.

    This is my 3rd set of copies of historical cased pistols that were released by the US Historical society. I also have as set of the Hamilton--Burr duelers issued late in 1976 and a set of matched Deringer's copied after the famous Lincoln/Booth assassination Deringer, which were issued in 1981--at least that's the date code on the barrel.

    Anyway, here are some more photos I took to show them off, so I hope you are not tired of looking at this sort of stuff.

    in the mahogany case lined with maroon velvet
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    Out of the case with a few tools
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    Detail of the silver decorative side plates
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    Rear view of tang and silver grip plate--I guess one could have their initials engraved here.
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    Bronze .58 cal barrels and top engraving detail\\
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    Solid cast silver grotesque mask butt caps and trigger guard detail
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    Final shot of the pistols resting on a copy of the Declaration of Independence with some appropriate period props. The dagger is a semi-accurate copy of one presented to Washington. I got it on eBay as part a series of cheap historical knives made by the Carvel Hall steak knife company over 50 years ago. The item up in the upper right hand corner is a working flintlock tender lighter that I got from Dixie gunworks--maybe 40 years ago.
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    Cheers
     
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  2. Fingers McGee

    Fingers McGee Member

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    Beautiful pistols and a great display.
     
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  3. cowboydave

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    Wow those are pretty and a nice display.
    Congrats on your great find.
     
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  4. forward observer

    forward observer Member

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    Thanks for the kind words gents.
     
  5. denster

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    Really nice. I'm the guy that posted the other set of Washington flintlock pistols. I did finally have a chance to shoot them and that was a lot of fun. I have also owned two sets of the Hamilton Burr duelers and a set of the Lincoln derringers and currently, besides the flintlocks, I have the gold medal Hege Siber match pistol and an Andrew Jackson silver mounted flintlock pistol.
    While these were a horrible rip-off to their original owners who paid around $3000 in the late 1970s to early 1980s. That is the equivalent of about $15000 in todays dollars. Since all of the sets were made to a very high standard the prices they bring today are a real bargain. They all shoot as good as they look. Congratulations on your set.
     
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  6. indy1919a4

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    beautiful pistols, What caliber are they.. ???
     
  7. forward observer

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    Thanks and the same to you. I totally agree about the exceptional value of these sets in today's market. To the best of my knowledge, the only commercial company today producing a quality replica of a decent target/dueling style flint or percussion single shot is Pedersoli. Their basic Le Page target/dueling pistols start at $1150 street price for just a single gun. Double that for a pair and you still won't have a custom case to go with them.


    The bronze barrels are .58 cal smooth bore.

    Cheers
     
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