S. North Model 1816 Pistol

.54 caliber, 9.125" barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, iron mounts, walnut stock. Early lock marking, with S. NORTH in a downward arc over an eagle flanked by the letters "U" and "S," over MIDLN CON in an upward arc. Appears to be a very high quality re-conversion to flint using mostly original parts, probably from a percussion drum as no welding is detected, but the pan fit inside the lock is certainly suspect indicating replacement. P / US inspection on breech, weak script JS cartouche on counterpane. Wood rammer with iron iron jag tip is undersized and wrapped with tape at the end to secure it in the channel. Slightly less than 20,000 of these US martial pistols were produced by Simeon North ca 1817-1820 and many remained in service, albeit as percussion conversions, into the Civil War period.


Good. Metal with a deeply oxidized dark brown patina showing some scattered pitting, mostly at the breech. Bore good, dark, dirty and evenly pitted. Stock with wear, bumps and dings, and showing a crack though the side plate and another through the wrist.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
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