June 25-28, 2018 Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/25/2018
This model is considered among the most beautiful and aesthetically pleasing of American martial pistols. The prestigious American Society of Arms Collectors chose this gun in profile as their logo. These guns were made in pairs between 1806 and 1808 with a total production of about 4,000 guns with each gun of a pair having same serial number. This gun is in the normal configuration of other guns in this pattern with 10" round barrel, breech marked with raised eagle over “P” in a sunken oval behind a raised “US” in a sunken oval behind stamped serial number "601". Lock is marked “HARPERS/FERRY/1807” in vertical arcs behind cock. Under the pan is a spread-winged eagle facing toward the cock over “US”. This gun appears all original and authentic with excellent markings as can be seen in photos. The original flintlock mechanism is complete and unaltered. The partially figured stock is marked opposite the lock with script inspector initials “V” over “CW” for Charles Williams. This gun, as noted, is from Maine estate is not listed in “Harpers Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin: The Classic Arms of the Early Years”, 2012, by Hudak. This gun appears “as found” with exceptionally fine markings. This would be a great addition to any collection. Very good condition overall, gray metal with scattered dark areas, freckling and heavy patina. A few scattered marks from use. Brass mounts have unpolished mustard patina. Markings on lock and barrel are well struck and all discernible as noted and can be seen in photos. Gun appears original and complete in every regard including the period wooden ramrod, though it does not have attached metal worm. The small brass band around forestock tip is missing, and appears to have been gone since the period of use. Stock is sound and solid with good discernible inspector marks opposite lock, mechanically sound, but does not hold cocked, smooth bore with some corrosion. The handwritten letter included with this gun is signed by Ronald Peaker and states that the pistol was the property of his great grandfather Major Giles Henry Fonda Van Horne from New York (1816-1906).
Barrel Length
.54 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Harpers Ferry
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $10,800.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
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