153. Rare and Early Whitney Model 1878 Burgess Morse Top Loading Rifle

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Description Update (3/14/18): Divot on right side front of comb

serial #44, 45-70, 28" octagon barrel with an about very good bore. When Whitney first started producing the 1878 Burgess Morse rifles, they were actually available in top load only or side loading. On October 11, 1878 Eli Whitney wrote to Harley & Graham in New York soliciting more orders and states "You ordered 10 Sporting Burgess yesterday. Do you want any of them to load at the top only or all side loading (7000/9000) SOLD FOR $8,050.00

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