1028. St. Louis Percussion Halfstock Percussion Plains Rifle by Dimick

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.44 cal, 43 1/2" octagon barrel, turned for starter, with an oxidized bore. The barrel is primarily a soft plum brown patina with pewter undertones showing scattered light oxidation and pinprick pitting. It features a nice German silver blade front sight and shallow v-notch semi-buckhorn rear. It is maker marked on its top flat "HE Dimick/St. Louis" and shows a bit more pitting around the cap splash area of the patent breech. The unadorned lockplate and hammer are a pewter and soft brown patina showing a bit of oxidation. There is a pewter nosecap and simple iron triggerguard with forward curving spur along with heavy butt and toeplates. The American walnut stock rates very good showing much original varnish and some nice grain along the toeline. There are the overall minor dings and handling marks one would expect from a frontier-used arm, there is a very large left-side sideplate, affixed with seven screws, a small crack emanating from the breech toward it. The rifle is double set trigger equipped and the lock is dual acting. There is an antique ramrod present. Horace Dimick of Lexington Kentucky and St. Louis Missouri was a prolific maker of plains rifles and Deringer's, and was active there from 1849-1873. A very nice plains rifle overall from the edge of the American frontier. (37645-8) {ANTIQUE} (1500/2000) SOLD FOR $3,220.00

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