Antique ROBERT JOHNSON U.S. Model 1836 .54 Cal Smoothbore CONVERSION Pistol
STANDARD ISSUE of the MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR!
Here we present an antique Robert Johnson U.S. Model 1836 Percussion Conversion Martial Pistol dated 1843 in Middletown, Connecticut. This .54 caliber, smoothbore, flintlock pistol is one of approximately 18,000 Model 1836 pistols manufactured by Robert Johnson of Middletown, Connecticut. The Model 1836 was widely considered to be the best designed and manufactured flintlock pistol.
The pistol has an 8-1/2 inch round barrel with a brass front sight blade, swivel ramrod with button head and iron mountings. It was made as a flintlock but received an armory conversion to percussion to keep it up to date and in service. The lock is marked “US / JOHNSON / MIDDN.CONN. / 1843” below the brass pan. The left stock flat is marked with two oval cartouches. The Model 1836 Flintlock Pistol was the standard issue handgun of the Mexican War and they were in service throughout the Civil War.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. The bore is smooth and in good condition. This example has a stable stock. There are two period splits on the left side of the fore stock that appear along the grain and climate related. There are two legible cartouches on the left stock flat: “JH” for Joseph Hannis and “WAT” for Captain William A. Thornton. Here is a wonderful example of a Model 1836 from Robert Johnson!
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Barrel is 8-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .54 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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