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Pair of muzzle loading flintlock pistols. Russian, early 19th century.

Richardson, Claire

 
Pair of muzzle loading flintlock pistols. Russian, early 19th century.
4 0 c m
 
31cm
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm

Description

A pair of pistols said to have belonged to Napoleon Bonoparte. The flintlock mechanism replaced the earlier wheel-lock type for igniting gunpowder. Pulling the trigger caused a piece of flint to strike a piece of steel. The resulting spark ignited a small quantity of gunpowder in the pan. This communicated through a small hole in the barrel with the main charge.

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