40. Fine John Dickson and Son Percussion Sporting Rifle

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serial #1609, 42 caliber, 29'' octagon barrel with an excellent bore. This is a wonderful quality light weight percussion sporting rifle. The top of flat of barrel is marked ''JOHN DICKSON & SON 63 PRINCESS STREET EDINBURGH''. The lock is engraved in full coverage superbly executed 19th century English scroll with ''John Dickson / & Son.'' in riband. The bolster and platinum blow out plug are also engraved in the same lovely style. The iron tang, round patchbox and buttplate tang all show the same wonderful scroll with a running hare on the latter. The triggerguard is engraved in scroll with a running deer on bow. The condition of the rifle is wonderful as well with the barrel retaining 95% original brown finish remaining with vivid damascus pattern visible. The lock bears a pleasing mix of faded color case-hardening and a smooth brown patina and the set trigger functions flawlessly. The patchbox is similar in appearance with more color and less patina. The buttplate retains about 70% original blue. The English walnut stock rates excellent with a little light oil finish added long ago, checkering remains sharp and the overall appearance of the stock is fabulous. The forend tip is of horn and wedge escutcheons are of silver. Rifle comes complete with its original horn tipped ebony ramrod which shows a little insect damage to horn tip. The rifle is sighted with a fine beaded blade front and a single standing and two folding leaf rear sight graduated for 50, 100 and 150 yards. A wonderful little 5 1/2 pound rifle by one of the world's best regarded makers. (18937-247) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (5000/7000) Sold For 5462.50

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