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Pistols

Date: 1775 - 1818 | Identifier: Historic Hope Plantation
David Stone's estate inventory, like many others of the time, includes a pair of pistols. These were made in London by John [Nubley?] These firearms had many ceremonial and functional uses, but they were also associated with dueling. Duels were ceremonial fights between men; they were typically carried out in response to a perceived public insult. Duels between John Stanley and Richard Dobbs Speight in New Bern and Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton are discussed in the accompanying video. Date approximated. more...
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