1821 Dated Antique SIMEON NORTH U.S. CONTRACT Model 1819 FLINTLOCK Pistol
MARTIALLY INSPECTED American U.S. Army/Navy Sidearm
Here we present an antique U.S. Model 1819 Simeon North Flintlock Martial Pistol, made circa 1821 in Middletown, Connecticut. This .54 caliber smoothbore flintlock U.S. Contract Model 1819 pistol was made by Simeon North for a U.S. army contract. The U.S. Ordnance Department showed Simeon North a sample pair of pistols from the Harpers Ferry Armory on June 12, 1819. North then produced a pistol similar to that of Harpers Ferry with a few alterations. He signed a contract with the U.S. Military on July 21, 1819 producing 10,000 pistols. The complete production run had a total of 20,400 made. This pistol originally had a sliding safety bolt located at the rear of the lockplate that half cocks the hammer. The sliding safety bolt is rare for a pistol from this year. This pistol also introduced the iron swivel ramrod. It was created because wooden ramrods often fell out of the pistols and were lost. The front sight is a brass blade.
Many were updated to the much more reliable percussion system in the 1830s. The service life was quite long for this pistol. The famous scout and Indian fighter Kit Carson fought with one of these, still in its original flintlock form, during the Mexican-American War from 1846-48. Even though percussion arms, including pistols, had been adopted by the U.S. in the 30s, it was not unusual for flintlocks to still be in use. Primary conflicts that would have involved this piece during its service life were the Seminole Wars, the Pawnee Expedition, the Mexican-American War and even the American Civil War.
This example is martially marked with “RJ/P/US” for U.S. Ordnance Inspector Robert Johnson. There is also an “LS” cartouche on the left stock flat, for Inspector Luther Sage.
The overall condition is good. Reconverted to flintlock. The action is strong. The sliding safety bar is absent. The bore is smooth and in good condition. The stock shows an old crack that is stable and not moveable.
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Barrel is 10 inches.
Caliber: .54 Smoothbore
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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