Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol, .54 cal., smoothbore, 8 1/2" round barrel, brass blade front sight, oval rear sight on barrel tang. Overall length 14". One piece walnut stock. Swivel type steel ramrod with button shaped head. All iron mountings. Barrel band has strap extension joining sideplate. Backstrap forged integral with buttcap, and extends to the tang. Trigger guard riveted to trigger plate. Lockplate flat with beveled edge ahead of hammer, round at rear. Casehardened lockplate, hammer and frizzen, blued trigger and frizzen spring, all other iron parts finished bright.
Inscription: 1841Inspector, Proof, Assembly Marks - .33 - Barrel breech: US. / NWP / P Side of breech: H Stock near sideplate: JH (cartouche) WAT (cartouche) H (below WAT cartouche) Trigger mount, forward of guard: H .33a - Barrel breech: US. / JH / P Side of breech: H Stock near sideplate: JH (cartouche) WAT (cartouche) H (below WAT cartouche) Trigger mount, forward of guard: H __ __Stamped - .33 and .33a - Lock: US. / R. JOHNSON / MIDD underlined N / CONN / 1841 __ __ __ __JH likely Joseph Harniss, WAT likely William A. Thornton (Reilly, USMSA, 189)
|Owned||Lawrence O'Brien Branch|
|Made||R. Johnson, Middletown, Connecticut|
|Event||Battle of Antietam / Sharpsburg|
|Provenance||These are a pair of pistols belonging to Brigadier General Lawrence O'Brien Branch. Branch was killed at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam) on September 17, 1862.|
Branch, Lawrence O'Brien