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Prussian / Preussen pistols

Literature: Hans Reckendorf's book
Die Militär-Faustfeuerwaffen des Königreiches Preussen.

 

Please note: before 1800 use of the long barreled horse pistols and after 1800 switch to the shorter barreled cavalry models.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

model 1789 
the major change is the use of a shorter 11" barrel compared to model 1742, the same caliber and most other features similar. The maker is POTZDAM MAGAZINE, but now owned by DSE = David Splitgerber's Erben. FWR = King of Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm II 1786 - 1797,   rare pistol in good working order and fine condition.      pending

 

 

the officers in the German armies had to buy their own weapons. As a result those will be of better quality and show no unit stamps. This circa 1855 made pistol has caliber .70 percussion, the same used by the cavalry and a 7" part round barrel with fixed front sight, underneath barrel ramrod, fully shafted with flared grip as fashionable at the period, the wood is nicely carved with silver wire inlays and the back of the grips is stippled. While the lock is plain the other metal parts  show some decoration. With a strong spring in good working order and fine condition.  It's an early pistol because the use of the Biedermeier period grip.   $1,500.

SUHL S & C = Suhl consortium consisting of Spangenberg & Co. plus Valentin Christian Schilling

FW acceptance

7K 3 76 = 7. Kürassier Regiment 3 Eskadron 76 weapon

Prussian cavalry pistol model 1850, made by ,SUHL S & C = Suhl consortium consisting of Spangenberg & Co. plus Valentin Christian Schilling, caliber 15mm smoothbore,  according to stamp on trigger guard probably issued to 7K 3 76 = 7. Kürassier Regiment 3 Eskadron 76 weapon, FW acceptance = König Friedrich Wilhelm, who reigned from 7 June 1840 to 2 January 1861.
The pistol is in good working order and fine condition.    sold

 

 

cocked

made in 1851, Friedrich Wilhelm acceptance

U.9. 2.E. 139. might be 9. Ulanenregiment, 2. Eskadron, 139. weapon

Prussian cavalry pistol model 1850, made 1851 by G.S. = Gewehrfabriken, Potsdam, caliber 15mm smoothbore, unit stamped U.9. 2.E. 139. might be 9. Ulanen-Regiment, 2. Eskadron, 139 weapon, acceptance stamps FW for König Friedrich Wilhelm, who reigned from 7 June 1840 to 2 January 1861. The pistol is in good working order and fine condition.    sold

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Prussian Marine / Navy model 1848. Oct. 15, 1848 the young Prussian navy hoisted the flag; the double-faced eagle the seal of emperor Sigismund ( 1433 - 1437) is stamped above SUHL, anchor and S C. The fleet was small with maximum 100 officers and 700 seamen. This pistol is marked by the maker S C for Spangenberg - Sauer & Co (1835 - 1864). Most everywhere are acceptance stamps crown with Kr. The caliber is .62 percussion, not rifled 9" browned barrel with fixed front sight. The massive butt cap, trigger guard, counter lock and barrel holding are made from brass, plain wooden grips. Unlike other Prussian pistols this model came with a swivel ramrod. With a strong spring in good working order and fine condition. Again, this type is extremely rare!    sold

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