The lockplate may be for an 1842, but I really don't think the rest of the gun is.
1842s had the captured rammer, the shape of the stock is quite a bit off, and the trigger guard doesn't look at all correct.
How about a picture of the other side, and straight on pictures of both sides (not the acute angle that it's being shown at).
Any evidence of an inspector's cartouche?
It looks like someone did a couple of file cuts through the maker's name, and it also looks like the Federal eagle is in the wrong spot.
In fact... did the US even put Federal eagles on the handguns? I didn't think they did in this time frame.
"The gift which I am sending you is called a dog, and is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind" -Theodorus Gaza
Baby Jesus cries when the fat redneck doesn't have military-grade firepower.
Last edited by Mike Irwin; December 7, 2012 at 06:07 PM.