Only an estimated 1,156 Model 1811 pistols were manufactured c. 1811-1813, and only 606 were originally manufactured with a pin fastened barrel as seen on this example, making this among the rarest of all the U.S. martial pistols. Many have no doubt been lost over the last two hundred years. The lock is marked with the spread wing eagle motif over "U.STATES" in front of the cock and "S.NORTH/BERLIN/CON." behind it. Restamped "P/US" marked on top of the barrel at the breech, and a "P" marked on the top strap. Multiple components have a small punch dot assembly mark, including the various lock components. The inside of the lock is also marked with a "4" and "B". Faint inspection initials marked on the left stock flat. Includes a proper hickory ramrod.
Good with artificial smooth gray and brown patina, areas of light to moderate pitting, a repaired crack in the brass flash pan, and crisp markings on the lock and barrel. Brass trigger guard and butt retain an attractive original golden aged patina, the brass sideplate and ramrod ferrule are bright as lightly cleaned. Wood is very good as sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches, various large repaired/re-glued and spliced cracked sections, and otherwise attractive grains in the wood. Mechanically fine. This is a solid representative example of one of the rarest U.S. Martial pistols, an important missing piece in many collections.
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