Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Flintlock Duelling Pistol

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. 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)
Classification:
Firearms-Pistols
Credit Line:
John Stoneacre Ellis Collection, Gift of Mrs. Ellis and Augustus Van Horne Ellis, 1896
Accession Number:
96.5.36
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; stamped above the breech plug, in a gilded oval: S. NORTH Middletown, Conn.

Marking: Stamped on the underside of the barrel: 18.
North, S. N. D., and Ralph H. North. Simeon North, First Official Pistol Maker of the United States: A Memoir. Concord, N.H.: The Rumford Press, 1913. pp. 194–95, pls. (similar pistols illustrated).

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