Virginia Manufactory 2nd Model Flintlock Pistol

.56 caliber, 10.125" wedge retained barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, brass mountings, walnut half-stock. 4.75" flat beveled lock with teat at rear, marked VIRGINIA under pan and RICHMOND in an arc over 1813 vertically at tail of lock. Integral rounded fenced and bridled iron pan. Lock appears to be in its original flintlock configuration, with a replaced frizzen and possibly replaced frizzen spring. Barrel appears to be original flint as well, with an internal camera inspection showing no indication of welding. Touchhole shows good erosion, no indication of bushing, and appears unmolested. Swivel ramrod may be a high quality replacement, and the swivel arms fit poorly. The counterpane is stamped with a block JI inspection and an old set of initials, LK, are lightly carved into the counterpane as well. These pistols were essentially copies of the US M1805 Harpers Ferry pistol, produced at the Virginia Manufactory of Arms ca 1812-1815. Only 4,252 Virginia Manufactory pistols of all patterns were manufactured ca 1805-1815, with 2,044 2nd Models being produced ca 1812-1815. According to Giles Cromwell's research, only 689 were manufactured in 1813.


Very good. Metal of barrel cleaned to bright with scattered surface oxidation, discoloration and some light pitting, primarily around the breech. Lock with a darker, smoky gray patina and some light pitting. Cock with matching coloration. All markings clear. Brass with a dull mustard patina. Mechanically functional, good bore with a coat of old grease and some pitting. Stock with some old repaired cracks, most noticeably a semi-circular one at the bottom fo the butt on the obverse, some small grain cracks forward of the lock mortise and some cracking and chipping around the breech plug tang. Stock shows scattered bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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