Antique SIMEON NORTH U.S. Model 1816 .54 Caliber Military FLINTLOCK Pistol
Ordnance Inspector Elisha Toby Army & Navy Sidearm!
Here we present an antique U.S. 1816 Simeon North flintlock pistol, made circa 1817 in Middletown, Connecticut. Fewer than 20,000 of these were made for the U.S. military. 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.
The lock is marked “S. NORTH, US, MIDL. CON.”. along with the Federal Eagle. The barrel is also marked “US”. The cartouche on the left stock reads “ET” which stands for Sub-Ordnance Inspector Elisha Toby. Though many of these pistols were converted to percussion, here is a true survivor in its original flintlock form.
The overall condition is very good. The markings are mostly clear and legible. The stock is dark in color and still solid with a small stable crack on the left side. The bore is smooth and clean. The action is excellent, strong and crisp. A great example of an early flintlock sidearm from North!
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Barrel is 9-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .54 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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