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Object Name Pistol
Catalog Number 0985.04.00084
Date 1852
Description Model 1842 Percussion Pistol, .54 cal., smoothbore, 8 1/2" round barrel, brass blade front sight. Overall length 14". One piece walnut stock. Swivel type steel ramrod with button shaped head, opposite end threaded. All brass mountings. Barrel band has strap extension joining sideplate. Backstrap forged integral with buttcap, and extends to the tang. Trigger guard attached to trigger plate by two spanner nuts. Lockplate flat with beveled edge. Bright finish except for blued trigger. Engraved - Backstrap: "Presented to Col. John H. Morgan by the widow of Gen'l Barnard E. Bee of SC." Inspector/Proof/Assembly Marks - Barrel breech: "US / W.N / P". Side of breech: "B Stock" near sideplate: WN (cartouche) WAT (cartouche) Sideplate, middle: N Sideplate, forward front screw: N.
Stamped - Lock, forward of hammer: US / H.ASTON&CO. rear of hammer, vertical: MIDD underlined TN / CONN / 1852 Tang: 1852
WAT cartouche is likely inspector William A. Thornton - (Reilly, USMSA, 189)
Dimensions L-14 inches
Owned John Hunt Morgan; Sophia Elizabeth Hill Bee [Mrs. Barnard E. Bee]
Made H. Aston and Company, Middletown, Connecticut
Provenance Pistol given to General John Hunt Morgan by the widow of General Barnard Elliott Bee, Sophia Elizabeth Hill Bee.
People Morgan, John Hunt
Bee, Sophia Elizabeth Hill [Mrs. Barnard Elliott]
Bee, Barnard Elliott
Hill, Sophia Elizabeth
Subjects Firearms