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Original U.S. Civil War Era M-1842 Cavalry Percussion Pistol by H. Aston & Co. - dated 1852

Regular price $1,295.00

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Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This U.S.-made single-shot, smoothbore pistol is a very nice example of the Model 1842 percussion pistol, produced by Henry Aston & Co. of Middletown, Connecticut. Henry Aston manufactured approximately 30,000 Model 1842 Pistols under two government contracts between 1845 and 1852. The other main manufacturer of these pistols, Ira Johnson, had been a partner in Aston's firm, until he left to start his own company. Aside from the markings, the pistols from both firms were identical.

The Model 1842 was intended for use of Cavalry, and has a .54" caliber 8 1/2" barrel, with a with swivel steel "captured" ramrod for easier loading while on horse back. The pistol is 14 inches long in total, and is definitely a great looking piece.

The lock plate on this example is marked H. A[STON &] CO. in front of the hammer, though most of the marking is faded due to rust damage and wear. The MIDDTN / CONN / 1852 on the tail of the lock plate is much clearer. The barrel would normally have several proof markings, however only the J H on the top is left due to repeated polishing.

Nice wood stock of Walnut and Brass mounts all in very fine condition. The lock holds half-cock, and dry fires correctly. This Model was widely used in the U.S./Mexican War and then in the U.S. Civil War.

A very nice  example, ready to display.

Specifications: 

Year of Manufacture: 1852
Caliber: .54 inches 
Ammunition Type: Lead Ball & Powder with Percussion Cap
Barrel Length: 8 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 14 inches
Action: Percussion Lock
Feed System: Muzzle-Loaded

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    New Jersey


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