Ordnance Light Cavalry Ketland Built Pistol
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Light cavalry pistol built on contract for the crown by Ketland and Allport. This pistol appears to be one of the guns as contracted by the crown for issue to the Colonial Militia units due to the arms shortages created by the Napoleonic wars. The 9 1/4" barrel shows the deeply struck crown over GR broad arrow and crown broad arrow on the lockplate. These pistols were cheaply made for supply to the colonial areas. They were a number of makers of these pistols especially Ketland. The wood shows a British 1800 dated store keepers mark. Reference to these pistols appears in 'British Military Pistols" by Booker and "Volume of Firearms of the Fur Trade" by Bailey/Hanson. This piece shows a sound lock, clear stampings and inspectors marks on the wood and metal. This pistol was sourced out a Quebec collection. This piece may well be one of the very early Canadian Militia units. The metal is very sound as is the wood with the exception of a modern replaced rammer.