With round barrel, stamped with Ordnance proofs at the breech and Crowned ’18’ inspection mark near the touch-hole, plain tang stamped with an Ordnance mark at the tail, border engraved lock, signed ‘KETLAND & ALLPORT’ and stamped with an Ordnance mark below the pan, full-stocked in walnut stamped with what appears to be the stockers mark, ‘TD’, simple brass mounts comprising side-plate, plain butt-cap and trigger guard, brass tipped ramrod (ramrod snapped half way down the shaft).
These pistols are sometimes incorrectly called 'Indian Trade pistols' as very similar pistols to these were provided by the 'Board of Trade' as 'trade goods' for the Native Indians living in Canada and on the border with the USA. From 1753 any firearms intended as 'trade good' in North America and Canada were only supplied by direct orders from the 'Board of Trade' to gun manufacturers of their choice.
With the unexpected outbreak of war with the United States in 1812 the Board of Trade found they were unable to cope with demand and turned to the 'Board of Ordnance' for supplies. This was short lived as by 1816 the supply of firearms as trade goods again reverted to the 'Board of Trade'. It is for this reason that these guns are not considered as 'trade goods' being produced in small numbers and over a very short period of time and on the direct orders of the 'Board of Ordnance'. It is therefore correct that they be looked upon as Ordnance weapons having Ordnance Proof marks to the barrels, Ordnance inspected and marked lock-plates along with Ordnance store keepers marks on the stocks.
Very few of these 'Ordnance' pistols were produced and current research would indicate that number to be 2,636 and given their theatre of operation the survival rate is thought to be low.
All production was given to the Birmingham Gun Trade (none to London) with Ordnance contractors being used and allowed to add their name to the lock-plate. Ordnance records note these firearms as 'Indian Contract'.
For more detailed information on these scarce pistols see 'British Ordnance Single Shot Pistols' by Davies, Chisnall and Brook page 10-2, 10-3 & 10-4 with illustrations on page 10-11, 10-12 & 10-13
Bore: 16 Bore
Barrel Length: 9 Inches (22.86 cm)
Overall Length: 15 Inches (38.10 cm)