Thomas Murdoch, Doune. A superb tiny Scottish flintlock 36-bore (.506”) all-metal, full-stocked,  Belt Pistol, ca. last quarter of the 18th century - Price On Request

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Thomas Murdoch, Doune. A superb tiny Scottish flintlock 36-bore (.506”) all-metal, full-stocked,  Belt Pistol, ca. last quarter of the 18th century. Only 7” overall length.  4” tapered, three-stage, barrel with bright bore and breech. Beautiful, full-coverage engraving typical of the period with four triangular engraved silver panels inlaid in the butt and an engraved silver band inlaid in the underside of the stock just aft of the ball trigger.  3" long belt hook. All original, including the ramrod. Some very light pitting in the bottom and lip of the pan, otherwise this diminutive little gem is devoid of any significant wear or corrosion and is mechanically absolutely perfect. Note the attention to detail in the two raised ridges on the half-cock dog that serve to decrease friction as the dog is withdrawn and rubs against the cock as it falls forward from full-cock when the trigger is pulled and the gun is fired. Good stout mainspring and smooth tight action … mechanically absolutely perfect and you simply cannot help but admire the skill and ingenuity of this great Scottish Gun maker.
Incredibly rare due to both the diminutive size and the superb condition. Rare as hens teeth and cute as a Scottish "mousie's" ear,  you are unlikely to see it’s like offered for sale again.