A Flintlock Heavy Dragoon Pattern 1777/93 Land Service, Marked to The Kings Own Dragoons. With round tapering barrel stamped with Ordnance marks at the breech and engraved, ‘KINGS - OWN - DRAGS’ plain tang stamped with inspection mark on the tail, border engraved rounded lock with crowned GR and TOWER at the tail, cock decorated en suite. Full stocked in walnut with swell at fore-end, and apron at tang, struck with many inspection marks, brass furniture comprising long-eared butt cap, side plate, trigger guard and ramrod pipes.
The Kings Own Dragoons:
On King George I’s accession in 1714, the regiment was renamed the King’s Regiment of Dragoons. The following year, George granted it his family crest of a white horse as its cap badge, in recognition of its service against the Jacobites at Sherrifmuir in 1715.
30 years’ home service followed, finally broken by the Battle of Dettingen in 1743, where it held its position for three hours under heavy artillery fire and charged three times. One of its privates, Tom Brown, was severely wounded saving the regimental colour during the battle. He was made the last ever knight banneret on the battlefield by George II.
Two years later, the regiment was sent home to fight at Culloden. Then, in 1751, it was retitled the 3rd (King's Own) Regiment of Dragoons. Except for suppressing the 1780 Gordon Riots, it saw no more action for the rest of the century.
In 1809, it was sent on the Walcheren expedition to the Netherlands and then to the Peninsular War (1808-14) from 1811 to 1814, in which it fought at Salamanca and Vittoria.
It missed Waterloo, but joined the Army of Occupation in France briefly before returning to policing duties in England and Ireland for over 15 years. The regiment was renamed the 3rd (The King's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons in 1818.
Bore: 20 Bore
Barrel Length: 12 Inches (30.50 cm)
Overall Length: 19.5 Inches (49.50 cm)