Pair of flintlock pistols - ROM2006_7038_1


Pair of flintlock pistols

Maker: Thomas Murdoch (Scottish, active c. 1741-1791)
Medium:Steel, engraved and inlaid with silver
Geography: Leith, Edinburgh County, Scotland
Date: c.1775
34.3 cm
Barrel Length: 195 mm; 57 cal.
Object number: 924.46.1.A
On view
Gallery Location:Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada

These pistols were a gift from the second Duke of Northumberland to Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant, c.1742–1807), the renowned Mohawk war chief of the Iroquois Confederacy. They are a unique Scottish type of great prestige, and were delivered to Thayendanegea in 1793 by John Graves Simcoe, the newly appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. During the American Revolution, Thayendanegea fought on the British side and convinced most Iroquois to follow him.

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