Category Firearms & Military
Auction Currency USD
Start Price 1,750.00 USD
Estimated at 3,500.00 - 5,000.00 USD
Cal. 54. NSN. Bbl. 33”. A very scarce M1803 rifle by the US Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. This example is a product of the later production, run from 1814 to 1820, when the arsenal produced an additional 15,703 M1803 rifles. Octagon to round barrel with a bladed brass front sight and a stationary rear sight 8 1/2" up from the breech. The left facet is marked with an eagle head over “P” in an oval cartouche and “US” in another oval cartouche. The lock is marked with a spread-wing American eagle with “US” in shield in front of the cock, and “HARPERS FERRY 1814” to the rear of the cock. Brass trigger guard, patchbox, buttplate, side plate, entry thimble, and nose band. The ramrod thimbles are iron, as is the replacement ramrod. Walnut stock with visible cartouche behind the sideplate. CONDITION: barrel has a dark brown finish and the touch hole has been bushed. The lock shows no evidence whatsoever of being reconverted and shows a cleaned, light gray patina. The lock holds both full & half cock. Brass has a pleasing mellow mustard patina. Stock has been refinished but shows no notable damage. Fine bore with strong rifling. (01-24132/BF). ANTIQUE. $3,500-5,000.