These beautiful silver-mounted flintlock pistols were commissioned by the U.S. Historical Society to commemorate the Bicentennial. They are a perfect copy of one of the only documented sets of pistol that were owned by George Washington and carried by the General during the American War for Independence. The original pistols were presented to Washington by a neighbor on March 22, 1778. Washington wrote that the were among the most beautiful of all of his arms and they remained in the family for several generations after his death in1799. They are now on display at the U.S. Army Museum at West Point.
These reproduction pistol are perfect firing replicas of the originals. Like the originals they are mounted with sterling silver. Each pistol contains more than 265 grams of hallmarked and certified sterling silver.
Perhaps the most astounding feature of these pistols is the degree of hand work that went into their production. The locks were hand fit and tuned. The barrels were hand filed, polished, and engraved. And the stocks were hand scraped and relief carved. These aren't mass produced CNC-copied pieces, but individual works of art in their own right. Each pistol is unique and reflects the influence of the craftsman who assembled it.
These pistol are in mint condition and appear to be unfired as evidenced by their untarnished .58 caliber brass bores. Both locks work perfectly and both guns feature beautifully carved walnut stocks without any damage whatsoever. These pistols are set into a beautiful velvet lined solid mahogany case.
These pistols originally sold for $3000 per set in 1976. Simpson Ltd currently lists an identical set for $4000! The George Washington Commemorative pistols have been presented as gifts to foreign dignitaries and celebrities. Colonel Tavington, the main villain in the 2000 Revolutionary War epic The Patriot also carried a set of U.S. Historical Society George Washington pistols. Don't miss your opportunity to own this beautiful set of flintlock pistols!