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Model 1826 Pistol

Model 1826 Pistol

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Physical Description:
This.54 caliber U.S. Model 1826 smoothbore flintlock pistol was made by John Joseph Henry. It has a swivel type ramrod. The barrel is iron, and the blade front sight and flash pan are brass. The flash pan is tilted upward. The pistol also has an oval rear sight.
“J.J. HENRY/BOULTON” is stamped on the lockplate below the flash pan. There are no inspector marks on the stock or barrel marks.
John Joseph Henry learned his craft as an apprentice to his uncle John Henry. After studying in Boston, Henry opened his own factory in Boulton factory, Pennsylvania.
This pistol was made for the Pennsylvania militia. Despite the Model 1826 designation, Henry produced this type of pistol in 1835-36. These pistols are readily identified by the unique downward curve to the grip which was a trademark of J.J. Henry.
Flayderman, Norm. Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms…and their Values, Gun Digest Books, Iola, 2007. 9th edition.
Smith, Samuel E. and Edwin W. Bitter. Historic Pistols: The American Martial Flintlock 1760-1845, Scalamandre Publications, New York: 1986, p. 206
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. 89.
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Object Name
pistol, flintlock
date made
ca 1830
Henry, John Joseph
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Boulton
Physical Description
metal (part material)
wood (part material)
overall: 13 1/4 in; 33.655 cm
overall: 2 1/8 in x 13 1/2 in x 6 1/4 in; 5.3975 cm x 34.29 cm x 15.875 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
The Adriana and Edwin W. Bitter Family Collection
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Bitter Collection of Firearms
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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