Antique 18th Century Gun Polish Flintlock Saddle Holster Pistol Dantzig Gdańsk

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Rare antique early 18th century exceptional large Polish flintlock saddle holster pistol.
It features a very long two-stage barrel with a tapered iron barrel.
The flattened rib of the barrel is bordered by cut, narrow grooves and is hand-signed at the top with the word "DANTZIG." The breech section of the pistol is finely hand-chiseled in low relief with a portrait bust on the plinth surrounded by laurel leaf branches and scrolls.
A walnut full stock has iron mounts. Behind the barrel tang, the stock is adorned with carved floral ornament and oval metal cartouche. The muzzle is fitted with shaped bone guides for sliding the wood ramrod with a horn cup.
The bulbous massive iron butt is hand chiseled with scrolls.

During combat, it was common for large saddle holster pistols with massive iron butts to be used as maces. The butt of this pistol has a surface with punched marks, which is clear evidence that the pistol was indeed used as a mace.

The lock plate is adorned with hand-chiseled scrolls on a punched, gold overlay ground. It is also engraved illegible. with the maker's mark.
The swan neck hammer is chiseled with scrolls against a gold overlay ground, ensuite with the lock plate. The frizzen is chiseled with the urn against a punched and gold overlay ground. The interior of the pan is also adorned with a gold overlay.

MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 55.5 cm (21.85 inches).
Weight: 1.150 kg. (2.535 lb).

CONDITION: It shows signs of usage and is in good condition considering its age of 300 years. The iron parts show some wear and pitting. The ramrod is frozen (unmovable). The lock is in working order.
Please see all 16 pictures in the listing as they describe the object's condition.

NOTE: The name of the city Gdańsk was written over centuries in many forms. In the medieval time, in Polish: Gdańsk, Gduńsk, in Latin: Gedanensis, Gedania, later written by various names such as the Gyddanyzc, Danzig, Dantzig, Kdanzk, Danceke, Danz, Danczk, Danczik, Danczig, ˈDantsiç Dantsik.
The city is also called "The Royal Polish City of Gdańsk'' (Polish: Królewskie Polskie Miasto Gdańsk, Latin: Regia Civitas Polonica Gedanensis).
In 1308, the town was taken by Brandenburg and the Teutonic Knights order. Subsequently, the Knights took over control of the town. Primary sources record a massacre carried out by the Teutonic Knights against the local Polish population of 10,000 people.
In 1454, King Casimir IV of Poland re-annexed the city to the Kingdom of Poland, and it became part of the Kingdom of Poland until 1793.
After the Second Partition of Poland in 1793, Gdańsk was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia. The Polish and German-speaking population largely opposed the Prussian annexation and wished the city to remain a part of Poland.
In 1797, Gottfried Benjamin Bartholdi led an attempted student uprising against Prussia, which was crushed quickly by the Prussians in the same year.
During the Napoleonic Wars in 1807, the city was besieged and captured by a coalition of French, Polish, Italian, Saxon, and Baden forces. Afterward, it was a free city from 1807 to 1814, when it was captured by combined Prussian-Russian troops in 1815.
After the Napoleonic Wars, it again became part of Prussia.
Between 1920 and 1939, Gdansk became The Free City of Danzig, in German: Freie Stadt Danzig; in Polish: Wolne Miasto Gdańsk. The city-state was under the protection and oversight of The League of Nations.
In 1939 Nazi Germany officially annexed the city.
In March 1945, Gdańsk was returned to Poland as per decisions made by the Allies at the Yalta and Potsdam conferences.

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Firearms & Accessories
Antiques (approx100yrs)
18th century
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