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War of 1812 Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle

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  Lot #7  (Sale Order: 7 of 701)  
Sold for: $2,700.00 to onsite
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War of 1812 Era U.S. Model 1803 Early Production Flintlock Rifle, by Harpers Ferry Armory, NVSN, .54 cal., 33.25'' half octagon-half round barrel having dovetailed low-blade front and small-notched rear sights marked with ''US'' and ''(eagle head)/P'' oval cartouches at breech; bevel-edge lockplate with pointed teat at rear is faintly marked with a large spread-wing eagle over ''US'' ahead of hammer, but the Harpers Ferry and date markings behind are obscured by pitting; brass furniture including scrolled triggerguard, crescent buttplate with button on top tang that actuates the large spring-loaded patchbox which opens to a buttstock trap for patches, spare flints and small parts, serpentine sideplate, front ''band'', and fancy rear ramrod ferrule; the distinctive iron under-barrel rib has two iron ferrules to retain the plain (but later) iron ramrod having a flared tip; oil-stained walnut halfstock with a carved and fluted cheekrest and a single iron barrel key. Mfg'd ca. 1803-1807. Rifle appears to be complete as issued and in original flintlock configuration (the touchhole may have been refurbished during its period of use, but difficult to discern). Condition is very good for this early and rare variation, the barrel showing scattered cleaned pitting and a correct but later thin brown finish; the lockplate and flint cock showing cleaned pitting, faint-to-obscured markings, and gunmetal gray color; the brass with a clean aged patina. Stock is smooth and solid showing only minor use marks and a small wood loss at top of lockplate apron ahead of frizzen. Action is strong and smooth; bore is clean showing very deep rifling. The iconic Model 1803 rifle, with its distinct Kentucky rifle influences, is among the most graceful and sought-after early American longarms. Est.: $3,000-$5,000. (Antique)

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 Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 | 10:00 AM  Pacific
 
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War of 1812 Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle
War of 1812 Harpers Ferry Model 1803 Flintlock Rifle
Lot number: 7
Seller: Carol Watson's Orange Coast Auctions
Event: Antique & Modern Firearms & Edged Weapons Auction
Ends: Saturday, March 14 | 10:00 AM  Pacific

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