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Belgian percussion pistol

Object Number: 
1956.22
Date: 
1835-1855
Medium: 
Wood; steel, iron, brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 1/8 in. ( 35.9 cm ) Part (barrel): 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Description: 
Wood, iron, steel, and brass percussion dueling pistol; brown-finished octagon barrel with bladed brass front sight and rear sight at tang; iron furniture with ornate trigger guard and engraved scrolls on bow, hammer, lockplate, breech, barrel tang, and side plate; oval brass wedge estucheons and shield-shaped estucheon plate; raised carving at tip of stock; checkered handle with oval plate on butt.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this dueling pistol was owned by the donor's great-grandfather, Dominick Lynch, a merchant and founder of Rome, New York who became a celebrated traveler in France during the 1820's.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thatcher T.P. Luquen
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group