453. Ornate German Percussion Fullstock Sporting Revolver by Beddies

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.45 cal, 35'' octagon crucible steel barrel with a bright about excellent ovoid rifled bore, showing only a bit of light oxidation nearer the muzzle. The barrel retains nearly all is its purple-hued rust blue with fine dual inlaid gold wire bands at the muzzles and breech, simple iron blade front sight and flattop v-notch rear with scroll engraved top flats and dovetailed side flats. The barrel shows a loose open spray of inlaid gold scroll nearer the breech with ''Acier Fondu'' in gold surrounded by silver inlay and the maker name as well inlaid in gold, surrounded by the same silver inlay ''C.F. Beddies in Braunschweig''. Additionally we find ''1854'' flanking a silver inlaid eagle, surrounded by a silver inlaid panel, and ahead of the rear sight we find ''1855'' also flanking a gold inlaid eagle with laurel wreaths, surrounded by fancy silver scroll, perhaps denoting accolades won by Beddies in shooting competitions in those years. The patent breech and long tang are profusely engraved as are the back action lock and hammer. ''W Bautler'' is inlaid in gold on the tang, doubtless the gentleman who commissioned the arm, the back-action lockplate shows a gold inlaid hunt scene of a downed stag being located by hunter and hound. Hammer shows gold inlaid eyes at its dolphins nose with another small spray of gold wire, the nipple bolster and pivoting safeties with wolf's-head motifs. Tailpipe is engraved, the front extension of the triggerplate is chiseled engraved with the bow of the guard showing huntsman blowing his horn over a downed stag, the ornate triggerguard with dual spurs. The long tang buttplate is engraved with a small gold deer vignette and the patchbox's door has a recumbent doe and standing stag, also inlaid in gold, surrounded by the same excellent quality open foliate scroll. Inside the lined patchbox we find long-range rear sight leafs which fit the dovetails cut into the underside of the rear sight, three such blades are included of differing heights. The stock rates very fine with the expected overall dings and handling marks from the years, showing a horn nosecap, engraved barrel wedge escutcheons, carved foliate patterns at forearm, grasping area of the wrist and to the rear of the cheekpiece. The rifle is equipped with double set triggers and a dual-acting lock. Beddies was active in Braunschweig in the mid 19th century. A superb rifle exhibiting quality workmanship and detail. (38937-228) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (4000/6000) Sold For 4887.50

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