October 22-23, 2019 Extraordinary, Sporting & Collector Firearms
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Scarce original and correct 1st Contract North & Cheney pistol. Under 2,000 specimens are believed to have been made by Simeon North and Elisha Cheney of Berlin, Connecticut between 1799 and 1802. Copied after the French Model 1777 pistol, it is the first official model of pistol adopted by the United States. In recent years, it has been determined that there were two contracts, this is a first contract as it was one of the first 500 manufactured, and the initials of the makers first names are included in the markings. This example is one of only a small number of authentic extant specimens. It features a tapered smoothbore steel barrel, stamped with visible "V" near the breech. Correctly marked in all three locations with the serial number, in the correct font. Bottom of barrel marked with serial number "219", corresponding to the same numbers on both the breech plug's right side and inside the frame, where the barrel rests. Brass frame with lock on right side, brass pan, correct but probably replaced reinforced cock. The bottom of the frame stamped "S. NORTH & E. CHENEY BERLIN" in an interrupted curve around the front of the trigger guard. Brass trigger guard and buttcap, iron backstrap. Most screws appear to be original and, most marked with notches, the foremost screw on the frame is a replacement. Steel ramrod is a replacement. Partially figured one piece walnut grip with bulbous area on left side, opposite the lock, which can be seen on other early examples, as well. CONDITION: Very good condition, in comparison to other known examples. Barrel and original steel components retain a dark, even brown patina with scattered areas of freckling and marks from use, very good clear markings are correct. Brass components retain a soft polished patina with scattered marks from use, excellent and deep markings. Grip refinished and has three minor pieces replaced on right side, otherwise very good with scattered marks form use and proper shrinkage. Overall, a very nice and authentic example in exceptional condition. PROVENANCE: Ex. Howard Collection. DMG
Barrel Length
8 - 1/2"
.72 Smoothbore
FFL Status
North & Cheney
1799, First Contract
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $39,000.00
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
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