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Flintlock Pistols given to Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)
This pair of flintlock dueling pistols, housed at The Royal Ontario Museum, were a gift to Mohawk War Chief Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) from the Duke of Northumberland. A short quick lesson in Canadian/American/Native N.American history: Joseph Brant was a Loyalist that fought with the British in the 7 Years War and also assisted the British in the American Revolution. Lean more about Thayendanegea here at: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/articles/joseph-brant
They were made by the Scotsman Thomas Murdoch. The Murdoch family was known for its fine weapons. A popular characteristic of the Scottish pistol at the time was the scroll butt.
I really like the engraved decorations that cover the pistols. According to the ROM it’s inlaid silver and the ducal has an N. I’m gonna guess that is for Northumberland but I don’t really know. Also, I notice that they have no trigger guard which is interesting.
The ROM says that these steel hilted pistols with inlaid silver were unique. I imagine they were very expensive at the time too.