64. Fine California Heavy Barreled Percussion Sporting and Target Rifle by Liddle and Co. of San Francisco

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.42 cal., 31'' octagon barrel with a bright excellent bore. This rifle is of very nice quality and remains in lovely original condition. The top of the barrel is marked ''R. LIDDLE & CO. SAN FRANCISCO. CAST STEEL'' while the lock is unmarked. The rifle shows no engraving but has a beautifully figured walnut stock. The rifle is fitted with its original false muzzle along with adjustable double set triggers. The barrel retains about 90 - 95% evenly thinning original brown finish overall with just light silvering along the high edges and remaining smooth and free of pitting. The lock shows 95% strong original color case-hardened finish overall while the hammer and breech are more gray brown with colors more subdued. The top tang shows 95% brilliant original color case-hardened finish while the triggerguard and buttplate have darkened over time with showing more subdued colors. The checkered walnut stock shows nice straight grain through the wrist with lovely figure to rear of wrist. The stock has no cheekpiece and simple iron furniture including buttplate, toeplate, spur triggerguard, iron wedge escutcheons and a pewter forend tip. The condition of the stock is excellent with 90% plus original finish remaining with crisp edges and sharp checkering. There are two small bruises in the right checkered panel on wrist and just a couple of broken points on the left, also one scratch of note on the bottom of the stock between the triggerguard and lockplate. The rifle is sighted with its original German silver blade front and original open sporting rear (elevator missing). and the top tang shows a single original threaded hole for a lollipop style tang sight. A period and likely original German silver tipped hickory ramrod is present. The rifle weighs just under 14 pounds and the barrel measures about 1.3'' across flats. A high condition and fine quality California-made percussion rifle. (18937-289) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (2500/4500) Sold For 3565.00

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