These are known as the Pitcairn/Putnam pistols. According to family tradition, during the fighting on April 19, 1775, Major Pitcairn lost control of his horse which bolted with his saddle bags and a fine pair of pistols. The horse was recovered and the pistols were given to Major Israel Putnam. In 1879 they were donated to the town of Lexington.
It’s highly unlikely that these pistols actually belonged to Pitcairn though. For one thing the heraldic crest on the pistols belong to the Crosbie family, and Captain William Crosbie was listed among the wounded that day.
Lots of stories got attached to Pitcairn because he was in command of the men on Lexington that day, so he was someone that New Englanders loved to hate.
They’re still a beautiful pair of pistols with important historical importance because of their connection to the fighting on April 19, 1775, to Israel Putnam, and to the Revolutionary War.
(Source: boston1775.blogspot.com, via williambdanchou)
About to start churning out a series of essays about Dr. Jekyll, hopefully. For now it’s Drugs and the Doctor: A Strange Case of Addiction in Jekyll and Hyde and also Dorian and the Doctor: Directional Duality in Doctor Jekyll and Dorian Gray, and pending my ability to work it into the first essay, possibly, The Dual Doctor: The Construction of Hyde. I just KNOW you’re all waiting with bated breath for a cohesive series of wittily titled essays about literature, don’t lie.