A New Land Pattern Pistol.7th Light Dragoons.

Stock Code: Gp13

A New Land Pattern Pistol. 7th Light Dragoons. 9” barrel with ordnance proofs. Flat lock with engraving at tail , engraved ‘Tower’ with crown over ‘GR’, semi-waterproof pan, walnut fullstock with traces of storekeeper’s mark & ordnance ownership mark beside trigger guard. Regulation brass mounts. Trigger guard engraved 7LD H 55. Swivel ramrod.


Good condition repair to fore end

Originally formed in 1690, this dragoon regiment was designated as light dragoons in 1783, becoming the 7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons. After the British Army started creating hussar regiments in 1806, the 7th became the second regiment to be given this designation (and the magnificent hussar uniforms) in 1807. Their new title was the 7th (The Queen's Own) Regiment of (Light) Dragoons (Hussars), but this was normally shortened to just “7th Hussars”. In October 1808 the 7th Hussars sailed for Spain and made several successful charges during the retreat of Sir John Moore’s army to Corunna. By early January only 150 troopers were left from the 749 who had landed just two months earlier, and while sailing back to England one of the troopships was wrecked, leading to the loss of another 60 men from the regiment. The 7th returned to the Peninsula in 1812. At the Battle of Orthes in February 1814 the 7th inflicted heavy losses on the retreating French infantry and was the only cavalry regiment mentioned in dispatches by the Duke of Wellington. During the Waterloo Campaign of June 1815 the 7th Hussars served in Colquhoun Grant’s 5th Cavalry Brigade. Arriving too late to participate in the fighting at Quatre Bras on 16 June 1815, they played an important role covering Wellington’s retreat northward the next day, including a hard-fought battle against French lancers in the town of Genappe. After a series of charges only 19 of the 120 men who began the attack were still in the saddle, but the French cavalry had failed to hinder Wellington’s withdrawal. During the Battle of Waterloo on the 18th the 7th were on the extreme right of Wellington’s line, covering the flank, and did not come into action until 5 p.m., but from then on they carried out more than 12 charges, losing 2 officers and 62 other ranks killed and 11 officers and 109 other ranks wounded

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