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Pair of Flintlock Duelling Pistols

Gunsmith:
Simeon North (American, Middletown, Connecticut, 1765–1852)
Date:
ca. 1815–20
Geography:
Middletown, Connecticut
Culture:
American, Middletown, Connecticut
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, wood (walnut, hickory), horn
Dimensions:
L. of each 15 3/4 in. (40 cm); L. of barrel of each 10 in. (25.4 cm); Cal. of each .56 in. (14.2 mm); Wt. of 96.5.36, 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 g); Wt. of 96.5.149, 2 lb. (907 g)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
John Stoneacre Ellis Collection, Gift of Mrs. Ellis and Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 1896
Accession Number:
96.5.36, .149
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 372
This is a rare pair of American dueling pistols in the English style. North was the first contractor of military pistols made for the federal government following the Revolution.
Inscription: Inscribed on top of each barrel: Connecticut; above each breech plug, in a gilded oval, stamped: S. NORTH Middletown, Conn.
The number 18 is stamped on the under side of the barrel of 96.5.36; the number 23 is stamped on the under side of the barrel of 96.5.149.
North, S.N.D., and Ralph H. North. Simeon North, First Official Pistol Maker of the United States. Concord, NH: The Rumford Press, 1913. MMa pistols similar in construction to, but less ornate than, the gold-mounted pistols presented to Commodore Isaac Hull in 1820 by the State of Connecticut which are illustrated here.



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