Unique Engraved F.X. Richter Marked Combination Flintlock Pistol and Knife

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Unique Engraved F.X. Richter Marked Combination Flintlock Pistol and Knife
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This unusual knife/pistol combination has a flintlock pistol as the handle for the knife and the knife the grip area for the pistol. The knife blade is 5 3/4 inch in length with a curved tip (similar to a butter knife) and decorative ricasso with floral scroll engraving. The handle/pistol portion is silver plated with floral scroll engraving. The top has a banner marked "F.X. RICHTER" and the bottom "IN REICHEBERG". The muzzle is coming out of a dragon/serpents mouth. There is a hammer, pan, frizzen and single spring mounted on the right side and the trigger, two springs and a locking mechanism between the hammer and forward spring are mounted on the left side. When the hammer is cocked, the mechanism rotates and the hammer catches a notch and holds the hammer. Pulling the trigger, releases the hammer and the pistol is fired. Due to the fact that the knife is the grip for the pistol, writer assumes there would normally be a scabbard of some sort otherwise firing the pistol could be a little hazardous.
BBL: 1 1/2 inch round
Gauge: 25
Finish: silver
Grips: metal
Serial Number: nsn
Condition: Very good. The pistol portion is cast silver with some scattered areas that have darkened with age. The remaining surfaces have a gray patina (silver/gray on the hammer) with some scattered minor pitting. The markings and engraving remain clear and crisp. The action is fine. A very unusual and interesting pistol/knife combination.