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Nicholson Over and Under  Pistol
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Nicholson Over and Under Pistol

Date: about 1770
Catalog #: 66614M    Accession #: 229200
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History



The Nicholson family were noted London armourers for several generations.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 4.5" H x 7.5" W x 1.75" D

Physical Description

British Nicholson barrel box lock, over and under pistol, .44 caliber.

Specific History

This pistol was donated by Blanche Rotchford who stated it was “My Revolutionary flint lock pistol with which my ancestors fought for freedom from England.”

General History

The over and under barrel box lock allows this pistol to be fired twice before reloading. A lever positions the barrel box to open and fire the top barrel and can be repositioned to open and fire the lower barrel.


Country: United States
Era: Revolution and the New Nation (1754-1820s)
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