Simeon North (American, Middletown, Connecticut, 1765–1852)
American, Middletown, Connecticut
Steel, gold, silver, wood (walnut, hickory), horn
L. 15 3/4 in. (40.01 cm); L. of barrel 10 in. (25.4 cm); Cal. .56 in. (14.2 mm); Wt. 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 g)
John Stoneacre Ellis Collection, Gift of Mrs. Ellis and Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 1896
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This is one of a rare pair of American dueling pistols in the English style (its mate is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection, acc. no. 96.5.149). North was the first contractor of military pistols made for the federal government following the Revolution.
Inscription: Inscribed on top of the barrel: Connecticut; above the breech plug, in a gilded oval, stamped: S. NORTH Middletown, Conn. The number 18 is stamped on the under side of the barrel.