1287. Rare C. B. Holden Open Frame Sporting Rifle

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serial #105, 44 RF, 24'' part round part octagon barrel with an oxidized bore showing spots of evident rifling. This is an interesting example with its part round part octagon barrel and an iron rather than bronze frame. The metal surfaces show evidence of a light cleaning now toned to a gunmetal-gray patina with spots of old light to moderate pitting scattered throughout. The Holden patent mark on the barrel is obscured somewhat by pitting with about half of the marking visible. The plain walnut buttstock and forend remain in good condition as refinished long ago showing some repaired chips at the frame junction, scattered thin drying cracks, dings and handling marks. The open sporting sights are intact and the action seems to function well mechanically. A rather well-used but solid example for the collector of antique arms curiosa. (138737-246) {ANTIQUE} [Dr. Louis C. March Jr. Collection] (800/1200) Sold For 1035.00

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