POTD: Flintlock Key Pistol By: Hrachya H


Today we have a picture of a single-shot muzzleloading flintlock key pistol provided by Bonhams Skinner auctions. This early 19th-century discreet weapon is consigned to the Bonhams Skinner Early Militaria Collections auction which will be held on September 28, 2022, in Skinner Marlborough auction house.

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Rare Flintlock Key Pistol
Circa 1800
The large key with slotted bit housing a flintlock pistol mechanism just forward of the bow with exposed tumbler and mainspring on the left side, the key’s shaft forming the pistol’s c. .65 caliber barrel.Overall lg. 7 in.
Bonhams Skinner Flintlock Key Pistol (2)

This flintlock key pistol is Lot 30 in the auction catalog. It is expected to be sold for $1000 – $1500. To browse the catalog of the upcoming Bonhams Skinner Early Militaria Collections auction, click HERE.

I wonder if this is just a firearm disguised as a key or if it was also a functional key. I see no reasons why it could not be both, although it’s pretty large for a key. At any rate, it’s an interesting piece of firearms history. Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Images courtesy of Bonhams SKINNER, Inc., www.skinnerinc.com