Only 5,700 of these rifles were originally manufactured by Simeon North in 1830-1836 but relatively few of them have survived. According to page 467 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume II" this example is one of approximately 600 manufactured by Simeon North in the year 1830; which is significant as the first year North manufactured these Hall rifles. Unlike the Harpers Ferry Model 1819 rifles manufactured in 1832-1840 with pinned barrel bands, North used band springs on all of his Hall rifles as seen on the earlier 1824 and 1826 dated Harpers Ferry manufactured Hall rifles. It has standard off-set sights and "U.S/S.NORTH/MIDLtn/CONN./1830" marked on the breechblock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a socket bayonet and reproduction leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Very good with smooth bright surfaces overall, some scattered light pitting, some moderate dings on top of and ahead of the rear barrel band, and crisp breech block markings. Stock is also very good as lightly sanded and re-oiled with scattered scratches and dents, a crack on the left flat, a crack behind the receiver, cracks on either side of the buttplate, and a chip at the toe. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is also very good with sharp edges and scattered light pitting.
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