Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 112: Very Fine U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Flintlock Rifle

Auction Date: November 30, 2018

Extremely Fine U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Flintlock Rifle Dated 1838

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,750 - $5,500

Extremely Fine U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Flintlock Rifle Dated 1838

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1819-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 32 5/8 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 954
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 74
Class: Antique
Description:

The Model 1819 Hall is a very historically significant firearm both in that it was the first military breech loading firearm issued in large numbers anywhere in the world and also the first firearm manufactured with totally interchangeable parts. American arms makers John H. Hall and Simeon North were highly influential in developing mass production. Hall's interchangeable parts system was more significant than the breechloading arms themselves as the ability to re-assemble a fully functional firearm using parts from multiple broken ones or batches of spare parts without further alteration could both save tax payer dollars and ensure the military could maintain readiness and effectiveness in the field. This 1838 dated example has the standard markings and features for the second production type (1826-1838). A "19" marked collection tag is tied to the trigger guard.

Rating Definition:

Extremely fine with 90% plus original brown lacquer finish and strong original case colors. There are some spots of minor flaking and minor rub wear from operating the mechanisms, but the rifle is nearly as issued. The stock has smooth oiled finish, minor edge wear, a rectangular rough patch on the left side at the edge of the butt, no visible cartouche, and a few mild dents and scrapes. Mechanically excellent. This is a very attractive representative of a historic U.S. martial arm.



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