Thursday, February 23, 2017

Manufactured by the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety gun factory at Lancaster, Pennsylvania circa 1776-1777.

Under direction by the Continental Congress, the Committee of Safety established the Lancaster factory in February of 1776, as well as the French Creek Factory and Continental Brass Foundry in Philadelphia, which supplied component parts to Lancaster.

The pistol has a pin-fastened, part-round/part-octagon French-made, 62 caliber, smoothbore barrel. The left barrel flat is stamped with a "Crown/FW" which is a French proofmark.
The lock plate bears markings associated with the French Creek Factory, flat with beveled edges and a distinct tail, a flat, reinforced cock with beveled edges, and a detachable brass pan.
The side plate and side plate screws are faintly stamped with a "7", the assembler's mark for armorer station #7 at the Continental Factory. 

The bottom of the trigger guard is boldly stamped "3. E./Arrow 3.", the mark of Pennsylvania ownership. Markings such as these were assigned to the States, so the arms could be returned to their State of origin after the Revolution, without giving away their point of origin to the British, if captured.
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