Spring 2024 Premier Firearms & Militaria Auction
June 7th, 8th, 9th, & 10th, 2024
This auction will feature an outstanding collection of items spanning multiple categories including Modern, Military, Sporting, & Antique firearms & militaria! Below is just a small grouping of select highlights from the massive offering to be featured in this upcoming sale!
OUTSTANDING HARPERS FERRY MODEL 1803 US FLINTLOCK RIFLE
First of the U.S. regulation flintlock rifles, 4,023 manufactured 1803-07. Later production of 15,703 manufactured 1813-20. The graceful lines and Kentucky rifle influenced styling add to the popularity of this desirable rifle. Bbl. 33 3/8″ octagon to round with faceted transition. Bbl. has no provision for bayonet use. Seven groove rifling. Dovetail mounted brass blade front sight with fixed V notch rear sight. Left bbl. flat has an eagle’s head over P and oval US proof marks. Tapered tip iron ramrod held on iron underrib by 2 faceted iron pipes. Lock plate has American eagle motif forward of the hammer with Harper’s Ferry & 1814 date behind the hammer. Integral forged iron flashpan with fence at rear. Plain trigger. Half length walnut stock with small cheek plate is fastened by a single key. Brass fittings include patchbox, buttplate, trigger guard, trigger plate, side plate, ornate thimble and forearm tip band. Left ear of stock has a cartouche that appears to be a “U / H” behind side plate with a “V / MH” at the rear point. Toeline of stock behind trigger guard tang has a weakly visible eagle marking over letter “B”. CONDITION: NRA Antique, very good to fine. Bbl. retains over 30% browned finish blending with intermittent corrosion & very light pitting. Lock plate retains spots of bright finish in protected areas with balance having acquired a brown patina with spots of corrosion and very light pitting. Other iron parts have a brown patina appearance. Stock retains unsanded original finish showing wear spots with scattered small dents and handling marks. Left ear has a small crack extending from side plate to bbl. channel. Brass fittings have acquired a mild patina that may indicate cleaning in the distant past. Lock has crisp operation. Bore is dark with pitting and retains strong rifling.