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Lot 160: U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Documented U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle Dated 1816

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Documented U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle Dated 1816

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1803
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 35 7/8 inch part octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 452
Item Interest: Active
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Catalog Page: 83
Class: Antique

Harpers Ferry Armory manufactured approximately 15,700 Type II Model 1803 rifles between 1814-1820. The U.S. Model 1803 was the first truly military rifle issued by the U.S. government. Prior rifles were basically civilian American long rifles purchased from gunmakers, but this model was designed and manufactured at the Harper's Ferry Arsenal. Features include seven-groove rifling, low profile brass blade front and notch rear sights, faint proofs on the upper left barrel flat at the breech, an "eagle" containing a "US" marked shield at the center of the lock, "HARPERS/FERRY/1816" on the tail of the lock, brass furniture, and an iron ramrod with flared tip. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes pick and worm inside the patch box. This rifle is pictured in George Moller's "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol II" on page 343 (plate 149.2-D). Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as reconverted to flintlock configuration. The barrel retains most of the reapplied brown finish. The action has a mixed gray patina. The brass has a dark appearance. The refinished stock is also very good with a couple stress cracks at/near the side plate and minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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