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Item Code: 379-05
This most pleasing martial sidearm is a government contract Model 1816 single-shot flintlock pistol in very good condition. Gunsmith / manufacturer Simeon North of Middletown, Connecticut, produced 19,375 such pistols from 1817 through 1820. The 15¼" long military weapon is a .54 caliber smoothbore muzzleloader with a large 9 1/16" round barrel. Barrel wears a dusky gray satin scheen overall with scattered salt and pepper oxidation marks of pitting, especially at the muzzle area. All iron furniture and mountings same. Barrel has a brass blade front sight and no rear sight on tang.
The casehardened lockplate is flat with beveled edges forward of the hammer and rounded at the rear. The early style of maker name on the lockplate with a downward curve is on the thin side with other markings strong. Exhibits "S. NORTH / eagle motif / U S / MIDLn CON" in front of the hammer. No date on lockplate behind the hammer. Strongly stamped on the upper barrel at the left facet area are proof marks "P / US". The black walnut stock exhibits a pleasing dark patina with a government inspector's cartouche stamped on the flat opposite the hammer. Stock very fine condition save for a single 1½" long surface crack that runs horizontal just up from the pommel. Stock never cleaned. Lockplate strap screws show government inspector marks as do the screws on the backstrap, barrel band and butt cap.
Reinforced hammer /cock retains an original flint in its jaws. Brass flash pan is detachable and angles upward at the rear. The frizzen spring has light traces of bluing and remains crisp and tight. Mechanics are strong. Small trigger retains traces of bluing. Trigger guard riveted to the plate. Round butt cap displays a long integral tang that forms the rear strap of the grip. Weapon has a ramrod made of hickory at one with a swelled tip and the opposite end fitted with an iron ferrule threaded and slotted for cleaning and ball removal. This single-shot, martial-marked flintlock Model 1816 contract single-shot pistol by Connecticut-maker Simeon North is a fine collectible weapon.
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