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Lot 1074: U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Desirable U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,500

Desirable U.S. Harper's Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Pistol Dated 1808

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1805
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 10 inch round
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 63
Class: Antique

This is a solid representative example of the historic U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1805 flintlock pistol. The Model 1805 was the first martial pistol manufactured by a U.S. armory and only the second official U.S. Martial pistol model. Only a total of around 4,096 were manufactured c. 1806-1808. With its half-stock, under barrel rib, and brass furniture, including the band on the forend, it has a very distinctive appearance and a lot of similarities with the rare Model 1803 rifles also manufactured at Harpers Ferry. This pistol is one of an estimated 1,208 1808 dated pistols manufactured and has a smoothbore barrel with "eagle head/P" (faint remnants), "US," and "1717" marked on the upper left at the breech, spread wing eagle over "US" at the center of the lock, "HARPERS/FERRY/1808" on the tail of the lock and "WV" marked on the inside of the lock. Assembly number "XIII" marked underneath the barrel, underneath the sideplate and on the lock mainspring. Hickory ramrod with swelled tip. Appears to be in its original flintlock configuration.

Rating Definition:

Good with artificially applied dark brown patina above scattered light pitting, and partially recut markings on the lock. Tang is a different color of brown patina than barrel. Brass exhibits bright as lightly cleaned, with numerous dings on the pommel. Stock is fair as lightly sanded and refinished with scattered chips and scratches, numerous scattered cracks and repaired sections. Mechanically fine. A solid representative example of one of the most desirable U.S. Martial pistols!

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