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Lot 1115: N. Starr & Son U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock Common Rifle

Auction Date: September 9, 2017

U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock "Common Rifle"

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock "Common Rifle"

Manufacturer: N. Starr
Model: 1817
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 37 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 83
Class: Antique

The Model 1817 was known as the common rifle to differentiate it from the more unusual Hall rifles manufactured in the same period. All Model 1817s manufactured in 1819-1846 were manufactured by outside contractors rather than the national armories; only the pattern/prototype rifles were manufactured at the armories. Nathan Starr manufactured 10,200 of them, second only to Henry Deringer's 13,000 gun contract. Many of these rifles were converted in the period to percussion and used up to and in some instances during the Civil War. This piece has mostly standard markings and features but is dated "1840" on the tail of the lock and has "1826" on the barrel tang suggesting a mix of earlier and later production parts.

Rating Definition:

Very good with replaced lock plate. The cock has most of the dark blue finish. The remaining surfaces have a mix of brown and gray patina and some mild pitting. The re-oiled stock is also very good and has a repair at the tail of the lock, some dents and small chips, a faint cartouche, tension crack on the left flat at the rear lock screw, and general minor scratches and dings. Mechanically fine.

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