Harpers Ferry Model 1805 Flintlock Horseman's Pistol

.55 caliber, 10.0625" round barrel, S/N 398. Bright finish, brass mountings, walnut stock. 4.75" flat beveled lock with integral rounded and fenced iron pan with bridle, flat beveled reinforced cock. Lock marked with {eagle} / US under pan and HARPERS / FERRY / 1807 at tail. Interior of lock marked WV. Lock appears to be original flint in all respects. Barrel marked with serial number 398, as well as raised US and {eagle head} inspection marks in depressed oval cartouches. Barrel appears to be original flint as well, with internal camera inspection not revealing any welding. Touchhole appears unmolested, showing normal erosion, as well as good taper and angel. A clear V/CW (Charles Williams) cartouche is present on the counterpane, and a clear JS/0 is stamped upside down on the obverse grip at grip cap. Matching mating mark XIII on mainspring, under barrel, and on lock and tang screws. Tapered wooden ramrod is likely an old replacement. Approximately 1290 pairs of M1805 pistols were produced at Harpers Ferry in 1807. A nice example of our first US arsenal made martial pistol.


Very good. Metal with a mottled salt and pepper patina with scattered oxidation and light pitting that is more moderate around the breech and touchhole. All metal with clear markings. Mechanically functional, upper bridle screw inside the lock is broken. Dark, oxidized and evenly pitted bore. Brass with a medium golden patina. Stock with clear markings, showing some repaired cracks in the grip, and at the rear lock screw. Numerous bumps and dings with some wood loss around the wedge. Some added finish in areas of repair with added varnish over most of the wood. Overall a very solid example of an early and desirable US martial flintlock pistol.

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
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