433. Quality Swiss Percussion Double Rifle by Weber and Ruesch

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serial #1087, .42 cal, 31'' round barrels with bright excellent bores which show only a few spots of very light oxidation near the muzzles. The barrels retain nearly all of their original maker applied plum brown finish, fading primarily in the carry area above the forearm. They feature a single inlaid gold wire ribbon at the muzzles with a simple German silver front sight and long-range u-notch rear sight with dual inlaid gold bands at the breeches. ''Weber-Ruesch in Z?rich'' is inlaid in gold on the rib and the breeches are a bluish case-hardened patina showing some light scroll on the rib extension between the nipples. There are wide flaring cap deflectors at the tang, the long tang neatly engraved with open flowing foliate scroll with a small vignette of a dachshund seated between the hammers. The left and right locks, as well as the hammers are very ornate with the same lovely open flowing scroll, lightly stepped at their rear with engraved extensions. The rear extensions feature a leaping rehbock and running boar, the hammers with nice rearward curving flourishes and cap deflectors at their noses (one slightly chipped) and the lockplates show evidence of having had pivoting safeties which were removed many years ago. Tailpipe and triggerplate front extensions are ornately chiseled and engraved and the curved swirled and spurred triggerguard shows light engraving with a recumbent deer on the bow. There is a nice horn pistolgrip showing only one small chip to its rear and an ornate patchbox on the right side of butt, also profusely engraved with a stag amidst a woodland scene at center of door. The generous buttplate shows some remnants of case-hardening, its long tang engraved as well. The arm is stocked in a very nice grade of French walnut showing some nice figure, rating very good with the overall expected dings and handling marks from the years and a nice flared left side cheekpiece. There is evidence of a professionally repaired crack at the forearm, done many years ago, it is unobtrusive. The checkered grip area has mullered borders, the pattern remaining crisp, arm is equipped with maker sling swivels and double single-set triggers; the locks function flawlessly. There is a simple dowel as ramrod. Casimir Weber and Jakob Ruesch were active in Z?rich it would appear in the early to mid 1800s. A very handsome and ornate double rifle. (38937-255) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4000) Sold For 3450.00

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