63. Beautiful Percussion Halfstock Sporting Rifle by Robertson of Philadelphia

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.49 caliber, 35'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This is a very handsome and rather long Philadelphia percussion sporting rifle which remains in lovely original condition. The lock and hammer show relief floral scroll engraving with a very nicely executed rope style border treatment and is marked ''ROBERTSON''. The top flat of the barrel is marked ''ROBERTSON PHILADELPHIA'' and the underside shows a pair of Birmingham proofs. The patent breech and tang also show the same relief scroll with a lovely shell motif on the tang where it meets with the barrel breech. The stock is adorned with engraved German silver furniture which includes a round patchbox with pineapple shaped hinge piece. The patchbox is engraved in scroll with a great scene of a stag being taken down by a pair of dogs. The triggerguard and the toeplate are also engraved in the same style with pineapple finials at the forward edge of each. The buttplate tang is engraved while the oval monogram plate on top of wrist remains plain as do the oval wedge escutcheons. The tailpipe is of German silver and the forend tip appears to be of pewter. The condition of the rifle is wonderful with the barrel retaining 90% evenly thinning original brown finish overall with strong twist pattern visible its entire length. The lock, hammer and barrel breech all show strong original color case-hardened finish, perhaps 85%, which are just darkening slightly and have a very nice honest appearance. The stock is of nicely figured American black walnut and is beautifully checkered on wrist and forend and has graceful cheekrest. The stock remains in excellent condition with 95% original finish remaining and just a few scattered light handling marks. It is quite common to find Philadelphia, Boston and New York rifles of this period made with imported barrels from either Belgium or in this case England. The rifle comes with its original ramrod which appears to be of hickory and has brass fittings on either end. Additonally the rifle is equipped with adjustable double set triggers and is sighted with a low profile German silver blade front and open sporting rear. The rifle shows no extra holes or alterations of any kind. A very handsome, beautifully embellished and high condition Philadelphia halfstock. (18937-317) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4500) Sold For 3565.00

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