This flintlock cavalry pistol was produced in the gunmaking center of Liege, Belgium between 1815 and 1835. These .65 caliber dragoon pistols were intended for the Belgian cavalry. They are robust and point very naturally. They also feature no ram rod; as Belgian cavalrymen utilized separate rammers that were attached to lanyards and worn about the neck. These pistols were also among the first foreign flintlocks to be imported to the United States as collector's items. Bannerman's surplus original advertised these pistols in their 1920's catalogs for the hefty sum of $30.00. By comparison, the average Civil War carbine sold for under $10.00
Additionally because they were so plentiful these Belgian Dragoon pistols were a favorite item among proper houses, and appeared in dozens of movies from 1940's through 1960's (despite often being slightly anachronistic for the time periods being portrayed). Among the notable actors who utilized the Belgian Dragoon pistol were Kirk Douglas who can be seen wearing a Belgian Dragoon pistol in his sash in the 1959 film The Devil's Disciple; and Peter Finch in 1960's Kidnapped.
This particular pistol is in excellent condition. It has a great patina; indicating that it was never refinished of buffed. The lock holds solid on both full and half cock, and the lock throws a good spark when the trigger is pulled.
The barrel features no import marks and the bore is good with minimal light pitting and no major rust.
The stock retains much of its original lacquered finish; another indicator that this gun has never been refinished. The stock is very sound with no cracks or chips anywhere.
These pistols are a lot of fun to play with; and who knows? Perhaps it once starred in one of Disney's pirate epics!