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Iron pistol

This is one of a pair of iron pistols made by John Christie of Stirling in the late 18th century.

The pistol has silver inlay, a lobe butt and a Doune lock mechanism which uses a flint to spark the gunpowder.

A demand from Highlanders for pistols was met in the 17th and early 18th centuries by the Stirlingshire town of Doune. After 1745, the market for Doune pistols declined and Doune-trained gunsmiths dispersed to other towns, including Stirling.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-811-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.LH 298
Date: Late 18th century
Material: Iron; silver inlay. Inscription: JO. CHRISTIE, STIRLING.
Dimensions: 260 mm L x 100 mm
What: Pistol, flintlock
Subject: Firearms (NMAS Classification)
Who: John Christie, Stirling (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Stirlingshire, Stirling
Description: One of a pair of iron pistols with lobe butts, flintlocks and silver inlay, signed Jo. Christie, Stirling, late 18th century
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