Model 1826 Pistol

Physical Description:
This .54 caliber smoothbore flintlock U.S. Model 1826 Navy pistol was made by Simeon North. It is iron mounted including an iron swivel type ramrod and a long steel belt hook. This pistol has a brass blade front sight and an oval sight near the tang. The brass flashpan has no fence and tilts upward on the lockplate. The pistol finish is browned but is almost completely gone.
“1828” is stamped at the rear of the lockplate. “U.S./S. North” is stamped under the flash pan. The barrel is stamped “US/ET”. Stamped into the stock by the side plate are the script letters “CJ” in a circle.
Simeon North had a 53 year relationship with the U.S. War Department. The contract for the Model 1826 pistols was the last contract North had for martial pistols from the U.S. Government.
The North Model 1826 Navy Pistol is virtually a smaller version of the Model 1819 with a few slight alterations. It is most readily identifiable from the sharp angle of the grip that is not seen on Model 1819 pistols.
Most of these pistols were converted to percussion later in the 19th century. Finding this model of pistol as a flintlock is extremely rare.
Flayderman, Norm. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms…and their Values, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2007. 9th edition.
Gardner, Robert E. Col. Small Arms Makers: A Directory of Fabricators of Firearms, Edged Weapons, Crossbows and Polearms, Crown Publishers Inc, New York: 1963, p. 136.
Currently not on view
Object Name
pistol, flintlock
date made
North, Simeon
Physical Description
metal (part material)
wood (part material)
overall: 13 1/4 in; 33.655 cm
overall: 13 1/4 in x 6 in x 2 1/4 in; 33.655 cm x 15.24 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
United States: Connecticut, Middletown
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
The Adriana and Edwin W. Bitter Family Collection
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