35. Nice Engraved Percussion Sporting and Target Rifle by Edwin Wesson of Hartford, Connecticut

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serial #604, .46 cal., 28 3/4'' octagon barrel with original Clark's Patent false muzzle numbered ''506'' and a bright excellent bore. This is a lovely German silver mounted rifle which is maker marked on the lock ''WESSON'' while the top flat of the barrel is marked ''E. WESSON / HARTForD CT'' and ''CAST STEEL / 604'' both flanked by matching eagle motifs. The frame and lock are engraved with tasteful floral scroll and border work with a stand of arms on the left side of the frame. The German silver patchbox shows a large American eagle with beautiful geometric border and scroll work with large fancy finial. The triggerguard, buttplate and toeplate all show beautiful scroll and border engraving with small compartment in top tang of butt, a detail found on many Wesson rifles. The rifle is equipped with adjustable double set triggers and remains in completely honest and unaltered original condition. The barrel retains a lovely smooth mix of original finish and smooth brown patina with all markings and edges crisp and with no pitting present. The action and lock retain perhaps 60% faded original color case-hardened finish which is blending with a smooth gray patina and has a pleasing and honest appearance. The walnut stock shows a little figure and in addition to the patchbox has an oval German silver inlay on left side of butt with a very folky and endearing running dog. The stock rates very good plus with 90% original finish remaining, nice color and just normal scattered light handling marks from the years. The rifle is sighted with a globe target front, simple open sporting rear, along with a nice folding lollipop tang mounted peepsight. Edwin Wesson was the brother of D.B. Wesson, co-founder of Smith & Wesson who actually apprenticed under Edwin earlier in his career when he was in Northboro, Massachusetts, these Hartford guns were made at the end of Edwin's career. A very fine American percussion rifle by this very well-regarded maker. (18937-334) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4500) Sold For 6210.00

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