SIMEON NORTH Model 1816 .54 FLINTLOCK Pistol Mexican-American War Antique
U.S. CONTRACT Early American Army & Navy Sidearm
Here we present an antique Simeon North U.S. Contract Model 1816 Flintlock Pistol, manufactured between 1817-20 in Middletown, Connecticut. 19,374 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, MIDLTN. CONN.”. along with the Federal Eagle. The barrel is also marked “US”. There is an inspector cartouche on the left stock flat, along with single letter inspection marks throughout.
The overall condition is good. Even gray patina. The action is strong, though when the trigger is pulled the hammer goes to half cock before falling all the way to the fired position. Solid stock with a visible cartouche. Bore is smooth and patinated. A good-looking original US military flintlock pistol.
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Barrel is 9-1/8 inches.
Caliber: .54 Flintlock
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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