113. Rare Prussian Model 1854 Needle Gun by Dreyse

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serial #4484, 15mm, 30" barrel with a bright near excellent bore that shows a few scattered pits. The in-the-white barrel, bolt, receiver and buttplate of this 1858 dated rifle remain mostly bright with scattered oxidation stains, a few small spots of pitting on barrel and some dings on buttplate. The lower tang shows staining throughout and the brass bands and triggerguard remain mostly bright with some scattered light pitting, while the sling swivels have turned a dull brown patina with some oxidation staining. The hardwood stock rates very good plus as-lightly cleaned with partially faded Prussian cartouches, scattered dings, handling marks, stains and light scratches. This model is unique in that it is equipped with a ramrod bayonet underneath the barrel and there is a unit marking on top of the buttplate that reads "2.M.D./57.". The top of the barrel is marked "57" and the left side of the receiver is maker marked "Soemmerda". The rear lower tang screw appears to be numbered "40", the upper buttplate and upper tang screw numbers are indiscernible, the band screws appear unnumbered but all other visible serialized parts are matching. There is no striker spring present and the bolt is not functioning correctly and will require mechanical attention to fix. A very good example of a rare Needle Gun for the student of European military arms. (207879-427) {ANTIQUE} [Craig Brown Collection] (2500/4500) SOLD FOR $7,475.00

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