131. Handsome American Percussion Sporting Rifle

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.38 caliber, 34 1/2'' octagon barrel with an excellent bore. This rifle is finely made and very nicely embellished but shows no maker name. The rifle features an engraved back action lock and adjustable double set triggers. The barrel is engraved at the breech with lovely relief scroll and shows five German silver bands with the upper tang also showing scroll and with a lovely shell motif at juncture with barrel. The stock is equipped with engraved German silver buttplate, toeplate, triggerguard, patchbox, sideplate and several decorative inlays. The patchbox is engraved with a recumbent buck with fancy engraved star and trefoil finial. The sideplate is essentially a small washer with a long scroll tail to the rear which is engraved. The stock inlays include a beautiful running buck on the cheekpiece with inlaid engraved scroll to the rear. The stock is of American black walnut and shows some figure and is finely checkered at the wrist. The checkering is cut with a narrow border around the tail of the back action lock, the left side is checkered to match with a silver monogram plate filling the area left open for the lock. The barrel is fastened with two wedges which have German silver escutcheons and the forend terminates with a pewter tip (middle ramrod thimble is missing). The condition of the rifle is very fine with the barrel showing about 70% original brown finish blending with a pleasing brown patina. There are a few scattered dings and bruises on the barrel but they are generally minor and not overly obtrusive. The lock and tang have turned to a rich dark color and remain smooth and free of pitting. The walnut stock rates excellent with 95% original finish remaining and showing sharp checkering and crisp edges. The rifle is sighted with a globe target front, no rear seat and a period custom rear sight which is essentially a lollipop rear mounted in a 1/4'' wide steel bar which is mounted to the top tang by two screws. The forward screw is in a hole that was likely for a lollipop tang sight originally and what looks like a period added hole 7/8'' to the rear of the forward hole. This is a wonderful example of a nicely embellished American percussion halfstock sporting rifle by an unknown maker, most likely from the Philadelphia area. (18937-302) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/3500) Sold For 3220.00

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