U.S. Model 1803 Flint Rifle Built 1814
This antique flint lock rifle was one of 1600 built at Harpers Ferry in 1814. Reference:see Flaydermans, 9A-114. This piece shows the 33" octagonal to round barrel. The lock shows the clear maker's name, date and eagle on the lock plate. The bore is best described as ":rougher than a cob" with significant corrosion. The barrel shows brown finish with the clear U.S. and eagle P proofs. This piece was reconverted to flint and is sound, showing obvious usage marks. The brass fittings show the obvious age and no indication of recent polishing. The rammer is a replacement. These rifles are best described as less then common ,especially on the Canadian market. An example in fine condtiion is considered to be very rare with the price reflective of the same. This piece represents a nice example. The polishing of the brass remains as a decision for the next owner. An atractive and desireable U.S. military rifle. Review of recent sales indicates that the majority of these rifles appear to be reconversions.