Horst Held   =   Antique Handguns

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541 Lynnie Pennie Lane              Midlothian, Texas 76065

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J. HENRY, Philadelphia
StÝckel: mentioned 1805 - 1815, receives 1807 a government order for 150 pairs of pistols, 1808 follows an order for 600 pairs,
Flayderman's 6B-030

 

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 pistol.
  This pistol might very well be used during the War of 1812.     $1,600.

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