With Independence Day on us, it seemed appropriate to post an image with a quintissentially American flavour. So here (if I have done it right) is a picture from a UK member of a pair of holster pistols made in Germany in the 1770s. These were originally flintlock and converted to percussion probably around 1830 - 1850 (bit of a shame, but a part of their history). So what is the connection between these pistols and the American Revolution? Answer: they were made by Lindenschmitt who, in the latter half of the 18th Century worked for a period in partnership with Walster, the maker of the George Washington/Lafayette pair. The ones pictured here appear, bar a couple of details such as ivory fore ends in place of rosewood and of course the later percussion conversion, to be identical. Craftsmanship throughout on these items is flawless. Hope some of the black powder enthusiasts enjoyed these. Happy Independence Day.