1717. Swiss Full Stock Percussion Rifle by Depsonds

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About .65 Caliber, 34" octagon barrel with a very good bore that is lightly pitted but has strong rifling throughout. The barrel and lock are a mottled gray with areas of rich brown patina blending through. The top flat of the barrel is marked "Desponds a Morges" just forward of the rear sight and most of the barrel has a faint, swirled Damascus pattern. The lock plate has near full coverage of foliate scroll and there is engraving located on the rear of the barrel, the top tang and triggerguard. The full length checkered walnut stock rates about very good and has some minor drying cracks toward the butt and some small chips and light handling marks throughout. The stock features a horn forend cap, a semi-elaborate triggerguard, front and rear sling swivels and has silver furniture and inlays including a hooked buttplate with acorn finial at the heel and thimbles with braided patterns and scroll engraving on the heel and toe of the buttplate. There is a small escutcheon on the left side opposite the lock which has a human face with foliate border designs, and the stock is held with three wedge pins, each having silver escutcheons on either side. Rifle is equipped with sporting sights including a shallow blade front and an adjustable rear. Rifle is also equipped with dual set triggers and the lock functions correctly, sadly the nipple is malformed. The silver tipped ebony ramrod is held in place with three thimbles and is likely the original. Desponds was active in Morges, Switzerland around 1816-1850 and produced fine rifles and pistols of various styles. A very good condition example overall and is a fine example of period European percussion rifles. (48024-9) {ANTIQUE} (700/900) SOLD FOR $805.00

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