Exceptional condition American Revolutionary War era holster pistol made by Jacques Tezanas, Saint-Etienne, France, 1760-1770 with a
7 3/8″ barrel in a massive .62 caliber! The round barrel has flats on the right and left sides of the breech and brass blade front sight; the unbridled slightly curved flat lock with pointed tail is crisply and deeply marked “TEZENAS” below the faceted pan. The lock plate is marked “III” (assembly number); the walnut stock is solid and free of breaks and cracks or insect damage; the weapon exhibits brass furniture including the butt cap with long ears and the trigger guard has a shaped finial. The flat side plate has a pointed tail and the forestock has sheet brass rammer and entry pipes. The ramrod, which typically would be a piece of tapered wood, is no longer present. The overall length is 13″ and all mechanics function properly. All metal parts exhibit a very mellow gray brown patina overall with very little oxidation. All parts are original on this handgun (other than no rammer or flint being present).
Overall, this weapon is in exceptional condition for its age and is very typical of arms from France used in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War. It is of a grade normally associated with a sergeant of infantry or artillery and would be a fine addition to any military collection. If you are seeking a Revolutionary War era weapon that isn’t priced in the upper thousands of dollars, this one fits perfectly into any budget.