Pocket pistol belonging to Paul Revere
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This pocket flint-lock pistol, made of wood and brass, belonged to Paul Revere (1735-1818). The shape of the handle is known as a "fish tail."
Paul Revere was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1735. He married twice, first to Sarah Orne in 1757, and, after her death, to Rachel Walker in 1773. He was a patriot, master silversmith, an engraver, and designed and printed the first Continental money. Revere was a principal participant in the Boston Tea Party and an official courier for the Massachusetts Provincial Assembly to Congress. He supplied copper work for the U.S.S. Constiution. Paul Revere died in Boston in 1818.