NATHAN STARR & COMPANY U.S. Contract Model 1817 Flintlock “COMMON RIFLE”
“US” Marked 1 of 10,200 Contracted by Nathan Starr
Here we present an antique U.S. Model 1817 “Common Rifle” from the Nathan Starr Contract, made in 1826 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in its original flintlock state. The M1817 common rifle was issued due to the Dept. of Ordnance’s order of 1814, produced and used from the 1820s to 1840s at the American frontier. The 36-inch barrel was originally rifled for .54 caliber rounds. Like the Model 1814, it had a large oval patchbox in the buttstock. Many of these were used during the American Civil War, especially in the early days of the conflict when military weapons were hard to come by.
After producing the Model 1814 common rifle through contractors, the military decided to do the same with the Model 1817. The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal produced a pattern weapon, which was then taken to gunsmiths to be copied. The rifle was built by Henry Deringer of Philadelphia (13,000 made), Nathan Starr & Co. of Middleton, Conn. (10,200 made), Simeon North of Middleton, Conn. (7,200 made), R. Johnson of Middleton, Conn. (5,000 made), R. & J. D. Johnson of Middleton, Conn. (3,000 made).
Over time, these rifles became obsolete, but they still saw service during the Civil War. While all were originally flintlocks, most were converted to percussion cap for their firing mechanism. Here is a true survivor in its original flintlock format!
The overall condition is good. The action is strong. The bore is in good condition. The stock is solid and remains in good shape. “US/AH/P/NH” is marked on the barrel. The cartouche on the left stock reads “AH”, for Sub-Ordnance Inspector Asabel Hubbard. “US” is marked on the buttplate tang. “1826/MIDn CONN” and “US N. STARR” is engraved on the lock. The barrel tang is marked “1826”. This example has been smooth-bored to .58 caliber during the period of use. A rare example from the 1823 Starr Model 1817 contract!
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Barrel is 36 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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