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*U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1817

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.54 Cal., s/n NSN, Flintlock, brl length 10.75" smooth bore barrel, Muzzle loading pistol, Very Good Condition. Rare highly desirable Type II Model 1817. This example has the lock markings of "SPRING/FIELD/1815" rear of the hammer which is correct for a type II along with the American Eagle and shield motif over "US" just in front of the hammer. On the underside of the pistol just ahead of the trigger on the flat is marked "RS" with the barrel markings on the left side near the breech being marked "P" in partial circle over eagle's head over "V". There is also a barrel date on top at tang, it is present but mostly illegible. The barrel band is of the single piece double type with fluted channels on either side and a brass sight mounted on top of front band. The fore stock protrudes beyond the bands correct to the model. There is a hickory ramrod with a swelled tip that has a ferruled threaded to accept a ball screw and other attachments. The ramrod is complete but there are no attachments present. The back strap, grip cap and trigger guard are all iron with the back strap running full length and the triggerguard leaving a small gap between itself and the cap. In 1817 the pistol project was revitalized under the initiative of Colonel Robert Lee, the superintendent of Springfield Armory, with the sanction of Colonel Decius Wadsworth of the Ordnance Department. The pistols were never issued, for an 1850 armory inventory showed all 1,000 of them still on hand. The model 1817 was the first handgun made in quantity at the Springfield Armory and the Armory would go on to only produce two others the 1855 and the 1911. The walnut stock is smooth showing scattered indentations throughout with what appears to be a "CP" upside down at the grip cap area left side. The lock has nice clear markings with a functioning hammer showing the slightest flash pitting under the pan, on the edge of the pan as well as on the side of the hammer and frizzen. The back strap shows some tool marks with light pitting at breech. The trigger guard shows some pitting on the bow and on the rearward portion with a few light tool marks. The grip cap shows light flash pitting with some light scattered tool marks. The barrel band shows a few areas of pitting mostly on the sides with the barrel showing some heavy pitting around the pan area as well as some light pitting throughout and at muzzle. The bore shows pitting.

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 Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 6:00 PM  Eastern
 
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*U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1817
*U.S. Springfield Armory Model 1817
Lot number: 12
Seller: Zettlemoyer Auction Co., LLC.
Event: Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
Ends: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM  Eastern

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