Maker: Simeon North - Middletown CT.
This is a very RARE Model 1816 with the barrel stamped H.H.P. over the drum and touch hole. HHP is Henry H. Perkin. He was the inspector on all of the 1813 contract pistols. According to Bob Jeska's book on Simeon North, Henry H. Perkin inspected the first 350 barrels of the 1816 contract then he was dismissed from service. The first 350 of the 1816 pistols were issued for the Seminole Indian Wars in Florida. The rest of the gun is well marked. P/ US on barrel and all screw heads, backstrap and barrel band. There is a crack starting on the bottom through a knot in the stock, the wood is drying out. It could be repaired if someone so wished, but I think the crack through the knot looks great. The ramrod is a replacement.
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