Lot #1189
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Lot 1190: Melchior Baker of Pennsylvania Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Lot 1190: Melchior Baker of Pennsylvania Flintlock Pistol

Auction Date: December 10, 2022

Estimated Price: $3,000 - $4,500
Price Realized:

Melchior Baker of Pennsylvania Flintlock Pistol

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 69
Barrel: 9 inch round
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 376
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 164
Class: Antique
Description:

"Bakers" signed on the lock. Melchior Baker of Georges Township in Fayette County, Pennsylvania was an active gunmaker between circa 1781-1804. He established an arms factory with the financial backing of Albert Gallatin, and supplied the state and national governments with broadswords and muskets. Gallatin joined Thomas Jefferson's cabinet in 1801 as the Secretary of the Treasury and withdrew from the gunmaking firm, disposing of his interest to Baker, who continued the operation with the assistance of his sons. An 1804 dated payment of $1,333.33 for arms furnished to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is known, indicating they were active at least until then, and would subsequently close when the government armories, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, went into large scale production. This flintlock pistol features a roller frizzen and light engraving on the barrel tang, trigger guard and butt pommel. It appears to have been made with intent for sale to an officer.

Rating Definition:

Good, with dark brown patina overall, scattered light pitting, and clear engraving and lock marking. Brass fittings exhibit darkened and bright patinas. Stock is also good with numerous scattered scratches, dents, cracks, chips, an absent section at the front left tip of the forend, and period filled in repairs at the edges. Mechanically fine.



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