A RARE Naval Issue US Military Model 1836 Flintlock Service Pistol State of South Carolina 'SC' by R. JOHNSON, 1842, #3260 Firearms
A RARE Antique Naval Issue U.S. Military Model 1836 Flintlock Service Pistol with 'SC' (State of South Carolina) ownership mark by; 'R. JOHNSON, MIDDN. CONN. 1842'. Missing the original Naval belt hook. 8.5" .54 cal. round iron barrel stamped at breech w/"U.S." over inspector's marks; 'J H' (John Harris), and a small 'B' on the left side of breech, over 'P'; a large 'P' over a 'Naval Anchor'; 'SC' (South Carolina), and a large 'N' stamped on the tang, w/brass blade front sight. 14" overall length. Lock stamped w/maker's mark 'R. JOHNSON, MIDDN. CONN. 1842' below 'U S', inspector's mark, original flintlock configuration; all screw heads with assembly marks and frizzen spring retains original fire blue finish. The interior of the lock mortise is crisp as the day it was made. Standard steel furniture includes; a side plate stamped with a large 'P' over a 'Naval Anchor'; and a small 'B' inspector's mark stamped on the front of trigger guard; captive ram rod. Stock has (2) inspector's cartouche's stamped on the left side of stock at the rear of side plate; the original Naval belt hook was removed leaving the rear screw, is solid w/light scratches and dings from years of service. All steel parts have hints of light pitting which was cleaned long ago. A wonderful and rare Naval marked example in good working mechanical order.
NOTE; We have only seen (1) other U.S. Model 1836 Johnson pistol with the Naval markings and issued to the 'SC' (State of South Carolina) which was converted to percussion. This example is in its original flintlock configuration and in excellent condition !!!
According to Author Robert Reilly, only (3) R. Johnson U.S. Model 1836 pistols are known which are fitted with a belt hook, one of which is shown in Figure 629 on page 190. "It is not known whether this component was an armory addition or whether it was added aboard ship contemporary with use".
Ref. See FLAYDERMANS GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS... and their values., by Norm Flayderman, 9th Edition., c. 2007, p.330-331
Ref. See U.S. Martial Single Shot Pistols., by Daniel D. Hartzler & James B. Whisker., c. 1997., pp. 79-90.
Ref. See UNITED STATES MARTIAL FLINTLOCKS, A COMPREHENSIVE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE FLINTLOCK IN AMERICA FROM THE REVOLUTION TO THE DEMISE OF THE SYSTEM., by Robert M. Reilly, c. 1986, pp. 189-191.