Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1140: U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Auction Date: September 11, 2021

Desirable U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Desirable U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1805
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 10 1/16 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 102
Class: Antique

This is a solid representative example of the historic U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1805 flintlock pistol. The Model 1805 was the first martial pistol manufactured by a U.S. armory and only the second official U.S. martial pistol model. Only a total of around 4,096 were manufactured c. 1806-1808. With its half-stock, under barrel rib, and brass furniture, including the band on the forend, it has a very distinctive appearance and a lot of similarities with the rare Model 1803 rifles also manufactured at Harpers Ferry. This pistol is one of an estimated 1,208 1808 dated pistols manufactured and has an un-sighted smoothbore barrel with "eagle head/P," "US," and "1577" marked on the upper left at the breech, spread wing eagle over "US" on the center of the lock, "HARPERS/FERRY/1808" on the tail of the lock, and a hickory ramrod with swelled brass tip. Appears to be in it's original flintlock configuration. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the lower left forward area of the grip. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with brown patina, mild oxidation, moderate flash pitting, and mostly sharp markings. Attractive aged patina on the brass. Stock is also good as re-oiled with small cracks on either end of the lock, a hairline crack on the left flat, and scattered dents and scratches from period use. Mechanically fine. An attractive solid representative example of one of the most desirable U.S. martial pistol models!

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