November 17, 2020 Early Arms & Militaria: Age of Exploration, Empire & Revolution
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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 the same serial number. This pistol is listed and discussed on page 56 number 209 of "Harper's Ferry Arsenal and Joseph Perkin" by Rick Hudak. This gun is the standard pattern with 10 - 1/8" round, steel .54 caliber smoothbore barrel; breech marked with raised eagle over “P” in a sunken oval, behind a raised “US” in a sunken oval behind stamped serial number "658". 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”. The plain walnut stock is marked opposite the lock with traces of an inspector's cartouche. CONDITION: Good, overall. The barrel retains a spotted grey patina with some scattered marks from use, markings very good with eagle head over "P" partially worn. Lock is in its original flintlock configuration. Markings are excellent and lock retains a grey surface. Stock shows a piece of replaced wood along both sides of the forend, extending on one side from the front lock tang to the band and on the other from the front lock screw to the tip of the forend. Period initials "PH" carved in front of trigger guard and there is a small area of loss below the rear lock tang. Ramrod appears to be a period replacement. Brass retains a mellow patina. PROVENANCE: From the Collection of author Rick Hudak.
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Value
Accessories
Barrel Length
10 - 1/8"
Caliber/Bore
.54 Smoothbore
FFL Status
Antique
Manufacturer
Harpers Ferry
Model
1805
Paperwork
Serial Number
658
Bidding
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $6,765.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.
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