Springfield Model 1817 Flintlock Pistol

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Springfield Model 1817 Flintlock Pistol

.69 caliber, 11.125" barrel, no S/N. Bright finish, walnut stock, iron mounts. Lock marked with a Spread-Winged Eagle over US forward of the cock and in three vertical lines at the tail of the lock: SPRING / FIELD / 1818 . Flat beveled lock with pronounced teat at rear, integral fenced iron pan and faceted swan-necked cock. Lock marked LD and B internally and with single punch dot mating marks on all small internal parts, as well as the cock, cock screw, top jaw, top jaw screws steel, steel screw and steel spring screw. Correct pattern curled toe steel (frizzen) and steel spring with pointed finial. Mainspring marked with three file slash mating marks that also appear on all major components and screw necks. Barrel retained by single double-strapped band with Wickham's improvement stud, with a brass blade front sight. Top of breech with P / [eagle head] / V proof marks and dated 1818 . Most small parts with two letter workman's initials as well as the mating marks, with PW inside the butt cap, EA on the triggerguard plate, JC in the triggerguard. Bottom of barrel marked EA as well as with an Arabic 2 and three file slashes, breech plug with matching mating marks. The same mating marks also appear in the backstrap cut out of the stock. Stock clearly marked with a pair of crisp script cartouches on the counterpane; an S for John Stebbins and an ET for Elisha Toby. A clear block RC stock maker's mark on lower front of grip. Includes swelled wood ramrod with iron ferrule threaded jag at end that appears to be original to the pistol. Production of these guns was initiated in 1807 but suspended when the official handgun caliber was reduced from .69 to .54. They were subsequently assembled circa 1817-1818 and are sometimes referred to as the Model 1807 due to their initial production beginning at that time. These are extremely rare US martial pistols both in terms of production numbers, of which was only 1,000 were produced, as well as production location. Only three major runs of handguns were produced at the Springfield Arsenal, the M1817 pistol, the M1855 Pistol Carbine and the M1911 semi-automatic pistol. This makes these especially desirable guns for Springfield collectors and this example would be extremely difficulty to upgrade.

Condition: Very fine. Remains in original flintlock configuration in all respects. Metal very lightly cleaned long ago with an even steel patina. All markings crisp and sharp in both metal and wood. Mechanically functional, very good bore with even oxidation. Stock with some scattered handling marks, minor bumps and dings. A very tiny chip is missing on the reverse at the top of the butt cap, and a extremely small repair is present on the left side at the tang mortise, but internal inspection suggests this may well have been arsenal done, as the barrel has certainly not been out of the stock in an extremely long time, and the methods suggest arsenal work. Overall one of the finest examples of these rare martial pistols to come to market in decades.

EST $ 6000 - 9000

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Springfield Model 1817 Flintlock Pistol
Springfield Model 1817 Flintlock Pistol
Lot number: 1
Seller: Cowan's Auctions
Event: Historic Firearms & Early Militaria
Ends: Tuesday, October 30 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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