Antique, US Model 1814 Deringer Flintlock Rifle, Untouched Original Condition
Henry Deringer, Philadelphia
A scarce U.S. Model 1814 ORIGINAL Flintlock Rifle by Deringer, 1814-1817
Standard lock markings - lock-plate marked US over H. DERINGER over PHILAD;
barrel flat marked H. DERINGER over PHILAD and F/P - US on side near breech.
Only 1,000 Model 1814 flintlock rifles were manufactured under contract by Henry
Deringer's shop in Philadelphia before production transitioned over to the very similar
Model 1817 "Common Rifle." These rifles are among the earliest standardized U.S.
Overall length is 48.75”; the 33.25" octagon to round barrel is secured by three-barrel
bands held by stud type barrel springs, single shot muzzleloader is now bored-out to
.62-caliber…it was likely used to put meat on the table after military retirement [was .54-
Caliber]. The trigger-guard tang features a pair of finger ridges and a sling swivel at the
terminus. The brass flashpan is mounted at an inclined angle; brass tipped ramrod is
The barrel, bands, sideplate and buttplate are plumb-brown with some fading to smoky
gray; lockplate, cock, frizzen in dark patina with some gray mottling. Patchbox lid is
speckled brown on smoky gray. The stock is generally good with age and use related
dings; very small chip to heel of buttstock and sliver loss to top of channel centered by
front barrel band piercing. Left breech flat is stamped: “V” over “GF” for inspector
George Flegal. Stamped behind the trigger guard tang in small block letters is found: E.
Wilson. This gun is difficult to find in original flint configuration and displays well,
the action is smooth and tight.