Nicely complimented by the Board of Ordnance ownership and inspector marks, this Coastguard issue firearm came from the Enfield Armory. It possesses a stalwart design of utilitarian function, with the unusual stirrup ramrod clasp and the iron lanyard loop at opposite ends. Between those, it is stamped Enfield on the breech and across the stepped tail along with thrice the Royal Cipher ‘VR Crowned' for Queen Victoria. It is highly desirable and rare to have its date directly stamped as well, in this case twice marked 1839. It also has an Admiralty Broad Arrow designation.
The British Coast Guard service was the primary tax enforcement of inbound duties, and patrolled the coasts against pirates, smugglers and those looking to avoid paying the fair share. The large 28-bore would have been a devastating close range firearm. It is plainly barreled and has regulation brass mounts. The gun would have been in service for more than 50 years before retirement. The trigger guard and butt cap are in heavy brass, utilitarian and unadorned. A hearty black-powder pistol from 1839.
Pistol Measures 11½ Inches Overall with a 5⅞ Inch Barrel
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