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Lot 3076: U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Flintlock Rifle

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Exceptional U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Breech Loading Flintlock Rifle Dated 1838

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $3,500 - $5,000

Exceptional U.S. Harpers Ferry Model 1819 Hall Breech Loading Flintlock Rifle Dated 1838

Manufacturer: Harpers Ferry Armory Muskets And Carbines
Model: 1819-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 32 3/4 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 62
Class: Antique

The Model 1819 Hall was the first U.S. military breech loading firearm issued in large numbers and also the first firearm manufactured with totally interchangeable parts. In 1819, John H. Hall entered into a contract with the U.S. government for 1,000 of his breech loading rifles. Hall occupied an old armory sawmill next to the Harpers Ferry Armory that became known as Hall's Rifle Works. In 1826, a government commission disassembled 100 Hall rifles, mixed up the parts, and re-assembled them on newly received stocks with no reported problems and thus confirmed Hall's success. This rifle is one of the finest surviving examples of the 19,680 total Model 1819 rifles manufactured. This rifle has the standard offset blade and notch sights, "J. H. HALL/H. FERRY/US/1838" marked breech block, barrel bands retained by pins, small "V" mark on the stock behind the trigger guard tang, and a proper button head ramrod.

Rating Definition:

Exceptionally fine with 85% plus original brown and casehardened finishes, minor handling and storage related wear, and minor scrapes on the frizzen. The stock is very fine and has smooth oiled finish, some light scratches, a few small dings and dents, and mostly light age and storage related wear. Mechanically excellent.

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