50. U.S. Model 1875 Officers Model Trapdoor Rifle

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45-70 Govt, 26" barrel with a bright excellent bore showing one very small spot of oxidation about halfway down its length. The barrel retains about 95-97% original blue, the loss is due primarily to even fading, also with scattered very light oxidation staining over most of its length. The barrel band is a mottled case-hardened patina with the receiver and breech block showing some generous color case-hardening, also with the same sparse smattering of extremely light surface oxidation. The lockplate and hammer are mottled dull case-hardened patina, the hammer toning more to a very lightly oxidized brown, especially on the spur; there are generous traces of colors on the lockplate beneath the hammer. The engraving and markings remain quite crisp, the guard and buttplate primarily a dull gray-brown. This is a type II arm with the detachable checkered walnut pistolgrip, the stock assembly itself rating very good plus to perhaps near excellent with much original varnish and the expected minor handling marks and dings that come from a hunted arm. There is actually some very nice grain figure in the area of the butt primarily on the right side. The German silver forend tip is the correct type II style and is nicely engraved and the original oak cleaning rod with plated ferrule and wiping loop ends is present. The buttplate is properly "U.S." marked and there is a serifed P firing proof at the rear of the checkering pattern along the toeline; the only other marking on the stock is a neatly stamped number "97" just to the rear of the upper tang. The rifle is correctly sighted with a Beach combination front sight, rifle-graduated model 1879 buckhorn rear sight and a flip-up, very early Lyman No. 1 aperture sight neatly inletted at the rear of the upper tang. The inletting of the sight is extremely neatly done and was done during the period of use, the checkering neatly wrapping around the inletting. It is most likely that the original mid-long range vernier sight was removed in deference to the shorter more compact hunting sight (or the sight could very well be original equipment, it is indeed a No 1 with January 28, 1879 patent date and is mounted on the first variation old-style base). The lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the set triger function functions properly. Overall a very nice and very honest example of a Second Type Model 1875 Officers Model trapdoor rifle. (38211-7) {ANTIQUE} (10,000/20,000) SOLD FOR $12,650.00

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