U.S. Model 1842 Pistol by Aston

.54 caliber. 8" round barrel. SN: NSN. Bright finish, brass furniture, walnut stock. Single shot percussion smoothbore pistol with captive swivel ramrod. Lock marked US / ASTON & CO in two horizontal lines forward of the hammer and MIDLTN / CONN  over an illegible date in three lines vertically at the tail of the lock. Tang dated 1851. Breech marked US / GW / P. No cartouches are present on the counterpane. That last of the single shot US martial pistols, the Aston was not deployed during the Mexican American War but many saw use in the opening months of the American Civil War, particularly in the south. A salty and well used example of these large, attractive U.S. military handguns.


Good. Metal heavily oxidized with moderate amounts of pitting and surface scale which obscure some markings and make others hard to read. Brass with rich golden patina. Mechanically functional, fair bore is rusty and heavily oxidized with pitting. Stock heavily sanded with the edges of the counterpane rounded severely, leaving some of the brass furniture proud of the wood. Wood with scattered bumps, dings and mars and some added finish.

Estimate: $600 - $900
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