Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1153: Henry Deringer U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock "Common" Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

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

Manufacturer: Henry Deringer Rifles And Pistols
Model: 1817-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 33 1/8 inch part octagon
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 277
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 71
Class: Antique
Description:

Manufactured as part of a contract held by Henry Deringer of pocket pistol fame. He manufactured 13,000 of these rifles in multiple variations between 1817 and the early 1840s. These arms are among the first widely issued rifled firearms used by any military and saw use into the Civil War era. This example has a lock plate marked "US/H. DERINGER/PHILADA". During its time of use the barrel and forearm were shortened and a brass blade front sight added. The barrel is marked "H. DERINGER/PHILADA" on behind the fixed notched rear sight and a defaced "V" proof along with clear "P/US" on the upper left flat at the breech. The buttstock has a patch box containing a worm and "U" shaped screwdriver. With a leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good, with the metal surfaces having a mottled brown patina with darker patina in and around the protected area along with pitting. The stock is also good with minimal surface chipping, punch dot marking on the near the cheek piece and some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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