Re: 1844 Horse Pistol Value
That is the so-called "Belgian" conversion. Flayderman is almost always behind current values, and the gun is in good shape, with clear inspector's marks. I think I would go a bit more, especially if if the sale is in a way that offers can be made. I think I would ask $800 and then accept a serious offer of $700.
BTW, the "official" name is the Model 1836; 1844 was the last year of production. They were made by both A.H. Waters (23,000) and Robert Johnson (18,000), numbers large enough that the pistols are fairly common, although original flintlocks are scarce. They were not really "horse pistols", being issued to users other than the cavalry. They were the standard pistol of the Mexican War. It was a very good and well liked pistol, though everyone conceded that the Model 1842 was better because of being made as a percussion pistol. Caliber is .54. Some converted Model 1836's (and some unconverted) were used in the Civil War by both sides, mostly in rear echelon areas.
Last edited by Jim K; 06-26-2011 at 02:57 PM..