J. HENRY, Philadelphia
StÝckel: mentioned 1805 - 1815, receives 1807 a government order for 150 pairs of pistols, 1808 follows an order for 600 pairs,
J. HENRY PHILA marked 1807 contract flintlock pistol,
caliber .62 smooth-bore, 10" round barrel with brass front sight and "Eagle
Head" proof, the barrel is fastened with pins to the full walnut stock.
Underneath a wooden ramrod with horn tip attached with brass ramrod pipes.
The lock shows in inscription partial obscured but identifiable. The inside of
the lock is clearly stamped C.G. for C. Giersh who made the locks for J. Henry.
(see Robert Reilly: United States Martial Flintlock, p. 175) Also the trigger guard with finger hook is made from brass. Interesting is the
saw-handle grip which is a special officer's order. The stock with 85% of its
varnish remaining. The metal parts are
carefully cleaned. With a strong spring the pistol is in good working order and
very good condition. With the rare features grip and caliber probably an unique
This pistol might very well be used during the War of 1812. $1,600.