This lot features a U.S. Navy Model 1842 .54 Caliber Box Lock Percussion Pistol. The pistol features a 5 1/2" barrel,brass trigger guard, swivel ram rod, walnut grip, and bright finish. This pistol was manufactured for the U.S. Government by N. P. Ames of Springfield, Mass. The .54 caliber Model 1842 has the distinction of being the first U.S. martial percussion pistol produced and delivered under contract to the government. With only 2,000 Ames Navy box lock pistols produced and delivered, surviving specimens are extremely scarce and sought after by collectors today. This fine example is from the first delivered guns and bares the earliest date of 1843 on both the lock plate and barrel (dates were 1843, 1844 or 1845). The correct six inch barrel is clearly and correctly stamped at the rear “USN” over “1843” over “RP” over “P” and the rear of the lock plate is clearly stamped “U.S.N.” over “1843” with the center lock plate marking “N.P. AMES, SPRINGFIELD, MASS.” Still retains the correct and original swivel steel ramrod (these often missing) as well as the correct mellow, uncleaned brass barrel, trigger guard and circular butt cap. Excellent mechanics along with un-sanded, un-altered wood and lovely aged patina make this a most desirable arm for the Navy/Marine arms collector or general U.S. martial arms collector. The unique center-hung box lock hammer along with the square grip shape makes this a most unusual and attractive single shot U.S. issued pistol during the Pre-Mexican war sailing ship days. This pistol is a antique firearm. NO FFL transfer or NICS background check required.