628. Virginia Fullstock Percussion Sporting Rifle by Spitzer

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.45 cal, 42 1/2" octagon barrel with an oxidized bore. The barrel is an overall soft plum brown patina with the expected sparsely scattered oxidation with pitting in the flash area around the nipple bolster. There is a simple scant silver blade front sight and nice flat-top v-notch rear sight, the barrel maker marked on its top flat "W Spitzer". The back action lock is "Henry Parker/Warranted" marked and shows light gamebird and foliate engraving, now being primarily a plum and brown patina, the hammer with matching light pitting. There is a brass nosecap and faceted ramrod thimbles with a lightly faceted tailpipe. There is a nice and very graceful single spur triggerguard with faceted bow and dovetailed extensions, the crescent buttplate being faceted at its tang as well. There was a simple toeplate affixed, it is no longer present and there is a small chip at the toe. The full-length curly maple stock rates about very good showing nice original varnish and honest wear. It is unmolested and shows nice fiddle back figure its full-length with the butt areas being quite dark from years of use. There is some added varnish and a nice flared left side shadowline cheekpiece and a 2" moderate size chip is missing ahead of the lock and beneath the nipple bolster. There are some small German silver inlays present and what is likely a replacement antique ramrod is included. The arm is equipped with double set triggers and the lock is single-acting. William Spitzer, born 1815, was active in Newmarket, Virginia in the time period 1838-1884, there are a few William Spitzer's listed in the American Civil War research database that served Virginia during the war, this man would have been in his late 40s at the time. A handsome working rifle overall, honest and untouched. (37479-1) {ANTIQUE} (800/1200) SOLD FOR $1,035.00

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