Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:00AM EDT - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:00AM EDT
Model 1807 Contract Rifle by H. Pickel
.56 caliber, 38" octagonal-to-round barrel. Marked on top of barrel is a large "US" oval with eagle head and "P." Marked just behind the rear notched barrel sight is H. Pickel. Blade front sight. Flat-style lockplate with beveled edge. Flat hammer, pan with faceted sides, frizzen spring with finial. Brass patchbox, triggerguard, buttplate, toe plate, nosecap and ramrod ferules. Walnut stock with cheek piece. A total of 155 rifles were delivered. (See: George Moller. American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. II, 2011, p. 351.)
Provenance: A.C. Daum
Barrel is mostly smooth with dark brown patina; there is some pitting around the touch hole spreading onto the barrel. Complete lock has even patina with some pitting under the pan. Stock has red-to-black patina. Some areas of repair on the fore end between the middle ramrod ferule and the front ferule, but does not detract. Brass has nice untouched patina. Overall an excellent example of this very rare contract arm.