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Scroll-butt pistol

Steel flintlock pistol with a scroll butt, made by Patrick Buchanan, Scottish, about 1725

Steel flintlock pistol with a scroll butt, made by Patrick Buchanan, Scottish, about 1725

Scroll-butt pistol, made by Patrick Buchanan of Glasgow around 1715

This flintlock pistol is one of only three Glasgow-made pistols known to exist. Most of the surviving early Scottish firearms were made in the East coast burghs that dominated production.

Its all-metal construction and scroll-but are typical of a distinctively Scottish style but it is larger than others in the collection. The butt and trigger are offset to suit a right-handed marksman. It is vibrantly decorated with both engraving and silver inlay accentuated with punched dots. The Glasgow maker misspelled his name when he signed it. Often many of the more delicate parts are lost from pistols but this one is perfectly preserved with all its original features.

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