“D Co.” Marked Antique SIMEON NORTH Model 1816 .54 Caliber CAVALRY Pistol
Updated in Time for the American Civil War
Here we present an antique “D Co./No. 18” Marked 1816 Simeon North Percussion Conversion pistol, made circa 1817-20 in Middletown, Connecticut. This example would have started out originally as a flintlock and converted to percussion after the more reliable percussion system came about. Fewer than 20,000 of these were made for the U.S. military.
The service life was quite long for this pistol. The famous scout and Indian fighter, Kit Carson, fought with one of these 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 overall condition is good. Strong action. The smooth bore is in attic condition with probably greater than 100 years of dust. The stock remains solid despite lots of use and little splits. This is an impressive piece to hold in your hand and it makes one wonder just what it might have witnessed.
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Barrel is 9-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .54 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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