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Item Code: G3176
This U.S.-made single-shot, smoothbore pistol is a pleasing specimen of the Model 1842 percussion pistol produced by Ira N. Johnson of Middletown, Connecticut. Ira Johnson received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Dept in March 1851 to produce 10,000 M1842 pistols. Johnson was a partner in the firm of H. Aston & Co when he resigned to start his own company to manufacture single shot pistols. Johnson delivered pistols that were identical to Aston’s arms save for the markings on the plate. Johnson’s pistols are stamped on the lockplate forward of the rounded hammer with “US / I. N. JOHNSON” and to the rear with a three-line mark “MIDDTN / CONN / 1854”. The .54 caliber, smoothbore muzzleloading pistol is a 14” long sidearm fitted with an 8½” round barrel.
Pistol has brass furniture including a single barrel band, triggerguard, pommel, backstrap and the front blade sight. Piece exhibits proof marks of “US / JM / small P (very thin) stamped on the upper barrel at the breech. Left facet of breech stamped “STEEL”. No visible government sub-inspector marks. Original black walnut stock has a large (3½” x 1”) repair sliver beneath the lockplate area under the hammer and another large section replaced at the front edge of the lockplate. The leading 1” long portion of the wood behind the hammer is missing. Mechanics are very strong and crisp. Bore should clean to bright. Pistol retains its original swivel type steel ramrod with a button-shaped head. All metal has been cleaned and shows a dusky medium gray patina with scattered areas of pitting and dark oxidation to the surface.
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