1717. Scarce Suhl Pattern 1853 Percussion Rifle Musket

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.577 Cal, 39'' barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered oxidation but evident rifling. The barrel shows light pitting from the rear sight base to the rear tang with a couple old tool marks, the remainder of the barrel is a brown patina with a couple patches of light band removal marks and a spot of light pitting. The lock and bands are a dull gray patina with traces of the original blue finish. The left side of the barrel has British-style proofs and the lock is properly marked ''(Crown)/SP. & SR.'', all of which remain legible. The brass triggerguard and nosecap are a dull yellow ochre with some light dings and oxidation staining. The hardwood stock rates very good as lightly cleaned with strong edges, a faint roundel on the right side of the butt, the expected handling marks and wear from the years. Per the book Firearms From Europe only 1273 of these Suhl-made Enfield-style arms were delivered to the U.S. ordnance Department during the Civil War, making it a scarce arm from that conflict. The lock is functional, there is no rear sight or ramrod present on this rifle. A scarce arm that will make a great addition to any martial collection. (208937-343) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (700/900) Sold For 575.00

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