Pattern 1759 Elliot Light Dragoon pistol
Origin: England, London and Birmingham
OL: 15" Barrel: 8 15/16" x .68 caliber
Walnut, iron, steel and brass
Acc. No. 1949-266
Pattern 1759 Elliot's Light Dragoon pistol with walnut stock, round barrel, rounded brass mounts and straight-bottomed regulation lock for the pattern. Regulation cast brass mounts and reproduction brass tipped wood ramrod.
Label:The Pattern 1759 Elliot Light Dragoon pistol was developed for use by the newly raised regiments of British Light Dragoons during the Seven Years War. During the Revolutionary War, it was one of the most common pistols carried by mounted troops fighting on both sides. Other examples are known with markings for both the 17th Light Dragoons and the 16th or "Queen's" Light Dragoons, which served here during the war.
One of many in Colonial Williamsburg's collection, this example was formerly part of an arms display at Stirling Castle, Scotland. It was dismantled at the beginning of WWII so the castle could accommodate soldiers preparing to head off to war, and the pistols were sold to W. Keith Neal.
Provenance:Formerly part of an arms display at Stirling Castle, Scotland dismantled at the beginning of WWII. Sold to W. Keith Neal c.1940, and thence to Colonial Williamsburg.
Mark(s):Lock engraved with "Crown GR" ahead of cock and "VERNON / 1760" in two lines behind, and a "Crowned Broad Arrow" is struck under the pan. Barrel is struck with the usual Ordnance View & Proof marks plus the maker's mark of John Whately. Stock is marked with the Ordnance storekeepers mark above the tail of the lockplate.