Antique SIMEON NORTH U.S. CONTRACT Model 1819 .54 Caliber FLINTLOCK Pistol
Early American Army & Navy Sidearm
Here we present an antique U.S. Model 1819 Simeon North Flintlock Martial Pistol, made 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 has 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. When these pistols were converted to percussion (unlike this one which has survived in its original flintlock state), this bolt was removed because it got caught on holsters. 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 and the rear sight is oval on the tang.
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. Again, though many of these pistols were converted to percussion, here is a true survivor in its original flintlock form.
The overall condition is good+. Gray patina throughout. The action is functional though weak. The walnut stock is solid, though clearly used. The cartouches are still visible. The bore is smooth and dim. A great piece of history, very difficult to find in any condition, and especially not converted!
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Barrel is 10-1/4 inches.
Caliber: .54 Smoothbore
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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