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Lot Number: 270
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Impressive U.S. Military Model 1805 HARPERS FERRY Flintlock Pistol 1806-Dated Choice and Extremely Rare

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1806-Dated, Extremely Rare, U.S. Military Model 1805 HARPERS FERRY Flintlock Pistol Issue #54, Choice Very Fine.

This Extremely Rare U.S. Military Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol is dated “1806” being #54 made at the Harpers Ferry Armory, Virginia. The Model 1805 Pistol was the First Military Handgun manufactured by a United States National Armory. It has a 10.1" long, .54 caliber, round steel smoothbore barrel with iron rib below, holding an iron ram rod pipe, ferrule. It is struck on the left side of the breech with remnants of the American Eagle’s Head over "P" cartouche, with proof mark "US" and the Issue Number "54" (this Pistol is number 54 out of about only 300 estimated manufactured). The lock is marked with a Spread Wing American Eagle with Shield over "US" and marked vertically at the rear "HARPERS FERRY" with the date of manufacture "1806". It is our experts opinion that the pistol was converted to percussion in the 1840's-1850's and has been professionally reconverted back to the flintlock utilizing some original parts. The work is exceptional and worthy of any museum collection. According to FLAYDERMAN'S Guide, research indicates that these guns were numbered and issued in pairs, with each serial number used twice. The number "54" is stamped on the inside of the lock plate and on the inside of the lock mortise. Metal parts finished bright. All brass furniture. The Stock has a small sliver of wood lacking on the upper left edge just behind the brass fore-end band, otherwise it is completely solid with some dark stain in areas, some typical light scratches and dings from service and handling. Wood ram rod. 16.5" overall length. An exceedingly rare U.S. Military Model 1805 HARPERS FERRY Flintlock Pistol in good mechanical working order. See Ref. pages 326-327, “ FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS... and their values,” by Norm Flayderman, 9th edition, c. 2007.
Lot Number: 270
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