A Scottish "all-steel" pistol made by Patrick Buchanan c 1725.
Patrick Buchanan was a Glaswegian gunmaker who was first recorded as a burgess and gunsmith in 1717. He was admitted to the Incorporation of Hammermen on 24 January 1718 and died in 1729. Buchanan signed this pistol on the lock-plate (making a spelling mistake in the process!) and it is thought to be the only all-metal pistol with a scroll-butt signed by a Glasgow gunmaker. The pistol is ornately decorated with engraving and silver inlays.
Glasgow Museums purchased this pistol in 1978 with financial assistance from the National Art Collections Fund.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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