OUTSTANDING HARPERS FERRY MODEL 1803 US FLINTLOCK RIFLE

 

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

01-24665
Cal. 54
NSN

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.

STATUS: ANTIQUE

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