The Model 1819 Hall was the first U.S. military breech loading firearm issued in large numbers and also the first with true parts interchangeability. Simeon North manufactured approximately 5,700 Hall Model 1819 rifles between 1830-1836 but relatively few of them have survived. This example is one of approximately 1,340 manufactured in the year 1832. Hall Model 1819 rifles are described on pages 465-473 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II", with the top of the breech block of this exact rifle pictured at the bottom of page 472. "U.S./S.NORTH/MIDLtn./CONN./1832" marked on top of the breech block. 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. "N. W. PATCH" inspector name marked on the left stock flat. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a period leather sling. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fine with 60% smooth tin plated surfaces overall, some scattered light pitting, some scattered patches of brown patina, and crisp breech block markings. Stock is also fine with attractive raised grain and defined edges, scattered light scratches, a chip at the lower right of the middle barrel band, a chip at the top right of the buttplate, and a nice inspection marking. Mechanically excellent. Included sling is good with some cracking and age related wear.