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Ira Johnson received a contract from the U.S. Ordnance Department in March 1851 to produce 10,000 M1842 pistols. Formerly a partner in the firm of H. Aston & Co, he resigned to start his own company to manufacture pistols. Johnson delivered pistols that were identical to the more common Aston’s (who made some 30,000) except for the markings on the plate. Johnson’s pistols were marked on the lockplate forward of the hammer with “US / I. N. JOHNSON” and to the rear with a three-line mark “MIDDTN / CONN / 18** (Year of Manufacture)”.
This Model 1842 pistol is in outstanding condition although, unfortunately, there is a large chip in the hammer. Made in 1854, it has been well stored since and does not appear to have seen a great deal of use. It is devoid of military markings. The polished finish is bright and has very few extremely minor blemishes only. The woodwork has minor dings and marks only.