Here's a handsome flintlock pistol produced sometime between 1800 and 1840 based on its architecture. The gun is unmarked with the exception of the word "W. R. Phila" stamped on the lock plate. This stamp likely refers to the maker of the lock and not the actual builder of the pistol itself. Philadelphia was one of America's most industrialized cities in the early 19th Century, and subsequently supplied mass produced gun parts, including locks, barrels, and furniture, to just about every small gunsmith shop East of the Mississippi River prior to the Civil War.
This particular pistol was likely made by a small shop in Western Pennsylvania or Eastern Kentucky. Its styling is very indicative of the "trade pistols" made by gunmakers under contract with the Hudson Bay Co., that were used as trade items with the Indians for fur pelts that were eagerly desired in the European Fashion Trade. In fact this pistol is virtually identical to a pistol made by the London-based gunmaker "Sharpe", and featured in the book, Rare and Unusual Indian Artifacts by Lar Hothem.
This handsome pistol is in great shape and features a beechwood stock with brass furniture. The lock functions well on both full and half cock and the frizzen spring is nice and crisp. The lock is still in its original flint configuration, although the frizzen spring is a replacement.
The stock is in very good condition with no cracks or damage, other than some minor burnout behind the lock.
The barrel is roughly .62 caliber and is covered with smooth grey patina. The bore is dark with a fair amount of rust throughout. The furniture is all original and in good condition, although the trigger guard shows in old repair.