KENT-D01571: Flobert parlour gun

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Unique ID: KENT-D01571

Object type certainty: Certain
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An iron framed composite rimfire percussion cap single shot pistol of 19th century date. Possibly a Flobert style gallery gun/saloon/parlor gun dating c.1845-1900.

Description: The pistol is heavily corroded with only the iron components left. The grip's organic parts are missing leaving it a thin openwork half crescent. The handle is integral to the frame of the pistol. The trigger is mostly missing due ot corrosion with no evidence of a trigger guard remaining. The hammer remain in-situ though is corroded to manual ejector which covers the breach at the back of the barrel. The barrel close to the breach extends from the frame and is octagonal before it narrows suddenly to a thin cylinder about halfway along its length. The pistol is highly corroded and in a poor state of preservation being heavily afflicted by iron corrosion.

Measurements: length: 118.5mm; height: 72.8mm; thickness: 30.5mm; weight:82.10g.

Discussion: This pistol is a single shot type of percussion cap firing gun using a 6mm bore .22 calibre rimfire metallic cartridge, containing only the percussion cap as propellent. This form of percussion cap and the associated firearms was developed by French gunsmith Louis-Nicolas Flobert c.1845. Such pistols were popular up until the early 20th century for recreational target shooting in gallerys/gun ranges, though were rapidly replaced by air powered BB firing rifles over the course of the mid to late 20th century. Though no serial numbers, makers marks or other marks identify its exact type the general form is consistent with nickel plated examples produced in Belgium towards the end of the 19th century.


This object was examined by Kent Police who confirmed due to age and condition it was legal for the finder to retain it and it was safe to record.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MODERN
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Circa AD 1845
Date to: Circa AD 1900

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 118.5 mm
Height: 72.8 mm
Width: 30.5 mm
Weight: 82.1 g

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Iron
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: White metal coated

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Tonbridge and Malling (District)
Parish or ward: Burham (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ7362
Four figure Latitude: 51.33078023
Four figure longitude: 0.48186357
1:25K map: TQ7362
1:10K map: TQ76SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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