638. Massachusetts Percussion Halfstock Sporting Rifle by Henry Pratt

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.40 cal., 29 1/2'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore and bright-polished muzzle. The barrel is an overall dull pewter patina with smatterings of light oxidation staining but remaining mostly smooth. It shows a simple German silver blade front sight in dovetail with a flat-top sporting rear with step elevator. The hooked breech shows some strong remnants of color case-hardening and the rifle is marked ''H Pratt/Roxbury'' on its left diagonal flat. The long tang is plain but shows remnants of color case-hardening and has a lollipop-style aperture sight in place. The stepped lockplate and hammer are unadorned, showing some smoky blue-gray case hardening, also with light oxidation staining, it is marked ''H Pratt. The arm features a pewter nosecap and a single wedge through German silver escutcheons. There is a semi-fancy German silver triggerguard with single forward curving spur and a lightly sculpted front extension triggerplate. The stock rates about excellent with nearly all its original varnish, crisp edges and nice figure in the butt, showing a faceted crescent buttplate and simple toeplate. The rifle has a pendulum style patchbox with coarse checkering with mullered borders at the wrist. The lock is crisp and mechanically functional and the rifle is equipped with a single set trigger which does not currently hold; conventionally the trigger and lock operate as they should. What is likely the original ramrod is included. Henry Pratt was active in Roxbury Mass until moving to Boston, approximately 1849-61. (38937-319) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (1500/2000) Sold For 2070.00

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