SOUTH CAROLINA MARKED US MODEL 1816 FLINTLOCK PISTOL BY NORTH, SECOND TYPE DIE STRIKE

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Item Code: 766-1739

This is a good, untouched, “in the black” example of the US Model 1816 pistol by Simeon North sent by the U.S. to the state of South Carolina under the terms of the Militia Act and marked by the state on the top of the barrel near the breech, S. CAROLINA. The barrel also shows a very clear P / US at the left breech. The lockplate markings are faint, but the bottom line is clearly “MDLTN CONN,” which the form of abbreviation used by North for Middletown, Connecticut, after the first die wore out or was damaged.

The pistol is in the standard configuration for the 1816, with a .54 caliber barrel, iron mounted, with double strapped Wickham band at front and the stock protruding a bit forward. The wood ramrod is missing, as is usually the case. The pistol remains in original flint. The metal is smooth, brown overall, with some gray showing on the lockplate, and the brass pan has a nice untouched dark patina. The wood has good color and surface, though with some rounding to the edges, chips along the triggerguard tang, a horizontal crack in the butt, and another narrow one on the sideflat, along with some small handling dings, but also with a visible oval inspector’s cartouche.

This pattern started out as part of North’s 1813 US contract for 20,000 pistols. Some 626 were delivered before the government changed the caliber from .69 to .54, with the remainder manufactured in that caliber and delivered in 1817 (3,074,) 1818 (8,300,) 1819 (6,500,) and 1820 (1,500,) inspected by several different US inspectors. With the abolition of U.S. cavalry units in 1815, a large number of these went to various states, though enough were in U.S. hands in January 1834 for 750 to designated for issue to the newly re-organized U.S. dragoons.

This is a good example that could have been carried by any one of the antebellum South Carolina mounted militia companies.  [sr] [ph:L]

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