675. Philadelphia Percussion Halfstock Sporting Rifle by Wurfflein

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.48 cal, 32 1/2'' octagon barrel with a very good bore which shows strong rifling but with sparsely scattered light oxidation and light pinprick pitting. The barrel is an overall plum brown and gray patina with toning to pewter on the sharp edges, with scattered light oxidation staining and some minor impact marks here and there. The rifle is sighted with a German silver scant blade front sight and simple flat-top sporting rear. The patent breech has dual inlaid platinum bands and the arm is maker marked ''A Wurfflein/Phila'' on its left diagonal flat. The long tang and back action lockplate are a dull pewter patina, the lockplate with very light engraving. The arm is stocked in American walnut, rating about very good with remnants of minor dings and handling marks from the years and with a fairly heavy coat of added varnish, also showing a repair to a chip ahead of the nipple bolster and perhaps a couple older repaired cracks. Stock features a simple German silver nosecap and dual German silver wedge escutcheons with a dual spur iron triggerguard and simple crescent butt and toeplates. There is a four-piece iron patchbox with keyhole head and pierced sides, with bottom release. The stock shows nice coarse checkering in the grasping area and a left side flared shadowline cheekpiece, with a very nice figure in the butt. The back action lock is double-acting and the arm is equipped with dual set triggers. A somewhat spartan but nice percussion halfstock from this saught-after Philadelphia maker. (38937-261) {ANTIQUE} [Cletus Klein Collection] (1000/1500) Sold For 1495.00

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