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Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners
.55-Caliber
Date/Period: Circa 1800


Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, right facing

Measurement: Overall length: 17.75"; barrel length: 12"

Material: Walnut stocks with some figure, brass furniture

Condition: Likely American stocked, fine overall, both are original & complete; iron is
gray & mostly smooth overall, brass has light mustard patina. Stocks are sound & solid,
one gun has chip under forward section of lock & hairline crack between sideplate &
bbl., plus a hairline following grain about midpoint on right side bbl. channel. Guns were
cleaned & varnished long ago when fashionable, late 19th & early 20th century. Even
the attached plaques & inventory numbers are varnished or shellacked over. Guns are
mechanically crisp with smooth pitted bores.

Additional Information: London proofs and maker’s mark [IR] near breech. This pair
display a simplistic yet refined elegance, restrained in design, quite an American style of
the early 19th century Kentucky pistols. Locks have flat supported cocks & unbridled
frizzen, single brass ramrod pipe & brass trigger guard. Locks are marked “I. Rea” for
John Rea dating circa 1800.

Provenance: Each pistol is branded twice “P. A. KEYSER” who was Peter Augustus
Keyser (1805-1869) father of Capt. P.D. Keyser whose name appears on small brass
plaques along with old Mollus Museum exhibition numbers 162 & 167 painted on each.
This pair have been well cared for showing little use, and two generations having their
names attached.

Peter Dirck Keyser was Capt. in the 91st Pennsylvania & one of the 3 founding
members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion United States, his membership
number is 3. Keyser donated the pistols to the Loyal Legion, which was later disbanded,
and the pistols sold.

Accompanying the brace of pistols is a large file of research regarding the pistols and
the Keyser family.

$11,750.00

1310-143


Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, left facing

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, lock plate

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, marks

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, branded name

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, tang

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, side plate

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, trigger guard

Flintlock Pistols, Pair of Elegant KY Style Pistols by John Rea, Identified Owners .55-Caliber, detail view


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