Antique Maubeuge French Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol
Model for the 1799 Simeon North & Elisha Cheney Design
Here we present an antique French Model 1777 Flintlock Pistol, made at the armory at Maubeuge in 1783. The Model 1777 is historically significant to the American Revolutionary War, as the French recognized the United States of America’s independence and sovereignty in 1778 and declared war on Britain as the fledgling nation’s ally. The French began sending arms and supplies in 1775, but secretly. With their new alliance, France provided the U.S. with loans, arms and even troops to fight on U.S. soil. Both French and American troops were armed with these pistols during the war.
After the American Revolution, the first U.S. martial pistol made and officially adopted in America was the incredibly scarce Model 1799, made by Simeon North & Elisha Cheney. The Model 1799 was patterned very closely to the Model 1777, with only a few changes. Only 2,000 1799s were made, making them incredibly rare and very expensive, valued in the tens of thousands.
Finally, the Model 1777 is also historically significant to the French. At the time of this particular pistol’s making, in 1785, King Louis XVI was on the throne. In 1789, the French Revolution began and chaos ensued for the next 10 years, characterized by insurrections, mob violence, execution and assassination. King Louis XVI was executed in 1793. Simultaneously, France was at war with much of Europe. Eventually, Napoleon Bonaparte rose out of the ranks through coup and became emperor.
This particular specimen was made at the arsenal at Maubeuge as marked on the frame under the cock. This pistol is in overall good condition, having been reconverted to flintlock, and showing typical battlefield use. The patinas are dark and uniform. The action is strong.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is round and 7 3/8 inches in length.
The firing mechanism is excellent.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Whether you are a Franco-file, an American Patriot or want to own the pistol that the Model 1799 was designed upon, look no further. There is an astounding amount of history in this firearm.
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