6/8/2022 – Frontier Firearms from the Lifetime Collection of Larry Ness

Arms, Armor & Militaria | Lot 174

  • June 8, 2022
  • 10:06 AM EDT
  • Cincinnati


Brass Barreled Flintlock Trade Pistol Retailed by A.W. Spies with a Norfolk VA Capture Inscription

.72 caliber. 8.5″ pinned heavy octagonal brass barrel. SN: NSN. Bright finish, brass furniture, hardwood stock. Single screw flint lock with fenced, waterproof, bridled pan and faceted flat cock is marked “A W SPIES” under the pan. Barrel with post-1813 Birmingham proofs. Engraved brass triggerguard with pineapple finial, small lozenge shaped German silver thumb piece on stock. Remnants of an old yellowish-gold painted label on the counterpane in a period hand appear to read “Norfolk Va/Captured May 10, 1862″. This was the day that Federal forces took that Virginia port city from the Confederacy. While any sort of commemorative writing or painting on an item has to be viewed with a somewhat jaundiced eye, the remnants of this mark appear completely period and authentic. Pistol includes a brass tipped wood ramrod that is a replacement.

  • Price Realized
  • $2,400


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