Original U.S. Civil War Era M-1842 Percussion Cavalry Pistol by H. Aston & Co. - dated 1847

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This U.S.-made single-shot, smoothbore pistol is an excellent 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 still well marked, with minimal powder burn. This gun does not look to have seen much use at all!

The lock plate on this example is marked U.S. / H. ASTON in front of the hammer, and MIDDTN / CONN / 1847 on the tail of the lock plate. The barrel tang is also dated 1847, and the top of the barrels is proof marked with the inspector's initials: U.S. / J H / P.

It has a very nice wood stock of partly curly Walnut and Brass mounts all in good lightly used condition. The original inspection cartouche on the left side is even still visible! It is marked with a stylized W.A.T., indicating inspection by Captain William Anderson Thornton, who worked from 1841 to 1861, inspecting various small arms, specifically including pistols from Aston, Waters, and Johnson.

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.

An excellent of a historic gun, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1847
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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