US Model 1842 Revenue Cutter Service Boxlock Pistol by Ames

.54 caliber, 6" barrel, no S/N. Browned and color casehardened finish, brass mounts, walnut stock. lock marked in three lines: N.P. AMES / SPRINGFIELD / MASS forward of hammer and in two lines at tail of lock: U.S.R. / 1843. Breech inspected with weak U.S.R / JCB / P. Two weak, smeared cartouches on the counterpane, the first illegible, the second a weak WAT. Swivel ramrod. Only 144 US M1842 pistols were acquired by the US Revenue Cutter Service during 1843, all of which were inspected by Joseph C. Bragg. All are U.S.R. marked, all are dated 1843, all have Bragg's JCB inspection on the barrel and his initial inspection cartouche on the counterpane, followed by the final acceptance of William Anderson Thornton (WAT). This gun appears to be a legitimate example of one of those very rare pistols.


Near very good. Metal cleaned to bright with no finish, showing some scattered pitting, most evident on the lock and near the muzzle. Most markings in metal are clear, but the USR on the barrel is very weak. Mechanically functional, good bore with scattered pitting. Stock good, sanded and refinished.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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