Starr U.S. Model 1817 Common Rifle

.54 caliber, 33" barrel, no S/N. Browned and color case hardened finish, walnut stock. Flintlock marked in two horizontal lines: U.S. / N STARR forward of hammer and vertically 1824 / MIDN CONN behind the cock, with the second line in an arc. Barrel tang dated 1825, breech with US / P / JN inspections, the "P" being in a depressed sunburst. Buttplate marked U.S. Stock with script JW cartouche on counterpane. Fixed rear and front sights, sling swivels, brass tipped trumpet-head ramrod. Triggerguard with skeletonized pistol-grip exertion. Barrel bands and side plate struck bright, triggerguard and patchbox retain their brown finish. Patchbox with some old patches, as well as the "J" pattern combustion tool and the wiper, both of which are unmarked. Rifle remains in its original and unaltered flint condition. One of 1,540 rifles that Starr delivered under his 1823 contract for 4,000 M1817s. He would eventually produce 10,000 "common rifles" spread over two contracts, making them between 1824-1827 and 1840-1845. A fine example overall.


Fine. Retains much of the lacquer browned finish, with the bands and sideplate stuck bright per 1845 regulations. Lock with much of the case color. Original flint, mechanically functional, fine bore. Stock crisp and feathery, with a couple of minor surface grain cracks in the reverse butt, and showing some light handling marks.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
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