Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1164: Simeon North U.S. Contract Model 1840 Type I Hall Carbine

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Rare Simeon North U.S. Contract Model 1840 Type I Hall Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

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

Rare Simeon North U.S. Contract Model 1840 Type I Hall Breech Loading Percussion Saddle Ring Carbine

Manufacturer: Simeon North
Model: 1840
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 21 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 350
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 74
Class: Antique
Description:

This is one of only approximately 500 Model 1840 Type I carbines manufactured by Simeon North in 1840 under contract with the U.S. Government based on John H. Hall's patented breech loading design. North is easily one of the most important gunmakers of the early republic and manufactured U.S. martial arms from 1799 until his death in 1852. This rare Model 1840 Type I Hall carbine features an "L" shaped elbow breech lever mounted on the trigger plate, unlike the "fishtail" lever on the subsequent Type II carbines. It retains its original smooth bore and has a fixed blade front sight and V notch rear sight. "NWP" (Nahum W. Patch) inspection initials marked on the left breech end of the barrel, and an oval script "NWP" (faint/partial) inspection cartouche marked on the left stock flat. "U.S/S. NORTH/MIDLtn/CONN./1840" marked breech block. A sling ring is fitted near the end of the trigger guard tang. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good, exhibiting genuine period use with gray patina and scattered moderate pitting overall, and sharp markings in the metal. Stock is also good with scattered dents and various cracks including one ahead of the breech lever on the underbelly and around the buttplate, and two repaired cracked sections behind the receiver. Mechanically excellent. These Model 1840 Type I Hall carbines rarely turn up in any condition and this is a rare opportunity to acquire one!



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