Rare .550 flintlock service-pistol to be auctioned by Holts

Although it is not a hunting firearm, it is surely a must have for any firearm collecting enthusiast.

On Thursday 21st of September, Holts Auctioneers’ are selling a very rare .550 flintlock service pistol model ‘William IV Sea-Service’.

Lot 483, is a service pistol which dates back to the reign of William IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover, who presided on the throne between June 1830, until his death in June 1837.

Born on 21 August 1765, William served in the Royal Navy in his early years and was nicknamed the “Sailor King”. Given that he had such a short reign, pistols from this era are extremely rare to come by, plus being a sea-service model compliments the Sailor Kings reign.

With no visible serial number, dating to circa 1830, the gun features an iron 9in. barrel, solid top-tang, borderline engraved lock stamped with a crown over ‘WR’ device below the pan, Board of Ordnance marked walnut full-stock, heavy brass furniture including recumbant ‘S’ shaped sideplate, long iron belt-hook and brass-tipped fore-end with captive iron ramrod, strong traces of probable original finish.