43. Belgian U.S. Trials Rolling Block Single Shot Musket by Malherbe

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45-70, 39" barrel with a bright about excellent bore that shows perhaps a minor pit or two. The receiver and triggerguard are a smoky gray patina with generous traces of the original case colors, some scattered light freckling and light oxidation staining and the hammer and breechblock remain partially bright with scattered oxidation staining. The buttplate and bands are primarily a dull gray patina with some scattered traces of case colors and oxidation staining, while the barrel retains 95% original blue with scattered light fading, freckling specks and light silvering spots. The walnut stock rates very good as-cleaned with an added varnish finish, scattered flaking, dings, handling marks, scratches and a few moderate abrasions. The left side of barrel is marked "45-70" and the upper tang is marked "P.J. MALHERBE & CIE/A. LIEGE", the maker of this musket. The underside of the butt stock has a brass plate that is numbered "313" which is a Remington museum plate and the consignor states that this musket was a U.S. Trials gun. An interesting Rolling Block musket that is well suited to any antique arms collection. (207597-40) {ANTIQUE} (2500/3500) SOLD FOR $3,162.50

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