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Lot 3111: N. Starr & Son U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock "Common Rifle"

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

N. Starr & Son U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock "Common Rifle"

Manufacturer: N. Starr
Model: 1817
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 36 inch round
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1204
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 72
Class: Antique

Nathan Starr manufactured approximately 10,000 Model 1817 rifles in 1824-1845. This piece has standard markings and features and is dated "1824" on the tail of the lock and the barrel tang. Per George Moller on page 452 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period," Starr manufactured his first 800 Model 1817s in the year 1824. It has Moller's discreet "GDM" collection mark by the toe, a vent pick and worm attachment in the patch box, and a brown leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good with mostly silver-gray patina and some mild pitting on the metal, mostly distinct markings, a re-glued section between the lock and barrel tang, dark re-oiled finish on the stock, tension crack on the left flat, and general mild wear. Mechanically fine.

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