Outstanding Long Land Pattern 1741 Tower Brown Bess Musket
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Outstanding & Unique Deluxe Engraved Remington No. 1 Rolling Block Saddle Ring Carbine with Checkered Stock & Buffalo/Indian Chief Inlays Attributed to Western Architect Joseph P. Guth, .43 Spanish Cal., mfg. circa 1867-1888. This is a very impressive period embellished Rolling Block that has survived in amazing condition. It is a military grade carbine chambered in the popular .43 Spanish cartridge. The gun is finished in the white with sharp edges and smooth surfaces throughout. The frame, barrel, and furniture are profusely engraved in period New York style scroll. The stock features a finely checkered wrist and forearm with a large German Silver buffalo inlay on the left side of the buttstock accompanied by a screaming Indian chief on the right side. The wood retains a beautiful dark untouched finish throughout showing very little wear with raised grain still present. Aside from a 2" age check behind the buffalo inlay there are no further cracks, chips, or repairs. The 20 1/2" barrel retains it's original post front sight with flip-up leaf rear sight. Engraved buttplate, triggerguard, and barrel band with serial number "4131" inscribed on the lower tang. Clear three-line Remington address with original saddle ring and bar. The action is flawlessly crisp and functions like new. Excellent bore showing bright and shiny 5-groove rifling front to back with only the slightest hint of blackpowder frosting. The underside of the barrel (beneath the forearm) is stamped "J P GUTH". Joesph P. Guth was born in Germany on June 24th 1860 and immigrated to the United States in 1884. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1893 and became one of the most famous and prolific architects in the area working until his death on April 13th 1928. A fabulous historic Remington carbine that will be a highlight among any Western collection. Extremely Rare & Historically Significant M1807 Springfield US Flintlock "Indian" Carbine, Converted to Percussion, .54 cal smoothbore, mfg. 1810. This carbine is one of just 1,202 manufactured at the Springfield Armory between 1807-1810 by order of the Federal Indian Department to be given as gifts to friendly Indians. It is the only time in US history that an arsenal made gun was manufactured for this purpose and also the first official carbine ever produced by the United States government. For these reasons the M1807 is considered a highly sought after and historically significant American arm among collectors. Nearly all were converted to percussion and are expected to be found in generally poor condition due to their usage. This example is fresh to the collector market and remains in very good original condition overall. The barrel measures 33 9/16" long and retains it's worn original brass blade front sight. The breech is stamped "US" with "V P" and Eagle head proofs. The lock is marked "US" over the American Eagle with "SPRINGFIELD" below and "1809" stamped at the rear. Overall the metal has a smooth silver/gray patina drifting to plum around the lock and muzzle. The stock retains an attractive untouched finish throughout with initials "C HF" period scratched into the left side of the buttstock. There are some stable old checks on the right side of the buttstock with a few tight age cracks behind the sideplate and lock. Further there are a few stable old cracks below the lock a few very finely repaired cracks along the edges of the forearm. There appears to have been sling swivels fitted behind the triggerguard tang and near the middle pipe during the period which have since been discarded. Overall the wood is quite sound and remains in it's original fullstock form with no additional damage or repairs. Original "1810" dated brass buttplate, sideplate, wrist escutcheon (period inscribed "OEF"), triggerguard, and ramrod pipes all have a mellow mustard color. Remarkably the wood ramrod is absolutely original to this gun and is fitted with an iron worm on the opposite end. The rear lock screw and hammer screw are old replacements. The action is very strong and functions nicely. The nipple is a damaged original. This is a very untouched and original carbine right off the frontier that has never been restored or enhanced as so many others have. A rare opportunity to own one of the most important martial arms in American history which eludes even the most advanced collections. Rare & Desirable Charles Smith & Sons, Newark on Trent, England 8 Gauge Single Barrel Breechloading Shotgun with Jones Underlever, 8 Ga, mfg. circa 1880. This piece comes directly from my long time personal collection of choice big bore shotguns and was purchased years ago from an old hunter in Maryland where it had seen decades of use for commercial hunting. Large bore shotguns and punt guns were the weapons of choice for commercial hunters who made their living harvesting as much waterfowl as possible on a daily basis to supply local markets and hotels. Maryland's Chesapeake Bay was arguably the focal point of this trade during the 19th and early 20th century. Overall the shotgun remains in very nice untouched original condition just as it left the hunter's hands. The Damascus barrel measures 36" long and features a brass bead front sight. It is Birmingham proofed and numbered "17468" with "CHARLES SMITH & SONS NEWARK ON TRENT" inscribed on the top flat. The lock is also inscribed "CHARLES SMITH & SONS" with light boarder engraving throughout. The case hardened frame has faded to a silver/gray patina while the barrel retains 80% rich browned Damascus pattern. The stock is well figured and features a checkered wrist and forearm. It retains a very attractive untouched finish throughout showing honest wear and use. There is an old chip missing from the left rear corner for the forearm and a stable 2" crack opposite on the right side but otherwise the wood remains sound with no further damage or repairs. Original horn forend cap with period working replacement horn buttplate. Original hammer, trigger, Jones underlever, and Nickel Silver nameplate escutcheon. The hammer screw is an old replacement. The action features a rebounding safety and is crisp and functions perfectly. The hammer is just a little loose on the tumbler. Original firing pin and extractor. The barrel locks up tight against the frame with no play whatsoever and the underlever snaps into place beneath the triggerguard. The bore is smooth and clean for the most part with only very minimal blackpowder frosting however there appears to be a circle of corrosion directly in the middle of the barrel. There are no signs of bulging on the outside of the barrel and my belief is that whoever cleaned the gun last (many years ago) used a rod half the barrel's length which left an untouched ring of blackpowder remaining in the middle. I think with some aggressive cleaning it would go away. Otherwise the bore is quite nice. The gun weighs a hefty yet manageable 10 lbs 14 oz. A very nice and honest example of a fine English 8 Gauge that saw countless years of service along the Eastern shore. Large Wood Double Barrel Hammerless Shotgun Gun Shop Trade Sign, ca. 1900. This is a wonderful authentic trade sign for a gun shop carved from a single piece of wood measuring 73" long overall (12 Gauge shotgun shown for sale & not included). Originally it was painted bright gold with a later coat of brown added. There are no cracks, chips, or repairs aside from a few natural age checks and the sign appears to have been mounted with a bracket on the butt and a band around the barrels. A really impressive and unique piece that will make a statement wherever it is displayed. Early trade signs like this are very hard to find and compliment any gun room or den. Very Rare William Read, Boston, 8 Gauge Percussion Single Barrel Shotgun with Nickel Silver Furniture, 8 Ga, mfg. ca. 1840's. This piece comes directly from my long time personal collection of choice big bore shotguns and is a very rare and desirable example of a high quality American made market gun. Large bore shotguns and punt guns were the weapons of choice for commercial hunters who made their living harvesting as much waterfowl as possible on a daily basis to supply local markets and hotels. This gun was found in Vermont and had been taken apart years ago for a restoration that was never completed. I had always intended to have it restored but just never found the time. It's a very clean, solid gun and a rewarding project. The massive Birmingham proofed Damascus barrel measures 38 1/2" long and features an engraved platinum banded breech with a brass bead front sight. The top flat is inscribed within a scroll "WILLIAM READ BOSTON" with "WILLIAM READ BOSTON" marked on the lock. The lock is outstanding with sharp engraving and a huge 3 3/8" tall hammer. The barrel has a smooth light gray patina while the lock shows a darker untouched plum color. I would recommend having the barrel re-browned and leaving the lock. The robust stock features a checkered wrist and is very highly figured. It has been lightly cleaned (but not sanded) and will look absolutely beautiful with a proper refinishing. There is an old 1 1/2" chip missing ahead of the breech bolster, a small repaired crack just ahead of the lock, and a typical small crack ahead of the lock screw. Further there is a stable old 5" crack under the forearm behind the entry pipe. Otherwise the wood is very solid with no further issues. Engraved solid Nickel Silver buttplate, triggerguard, wedge escutcheons, and nosecap. The ramrod entry pipe would have also been Silver but is missing along with the rib, pipes, and ramrod. The action is very crisp and functions flawlessly. The hammer is slightly loose on the tumbler and the lock screw is missing. The barrel appears quite sound with no issues except for a very slight ding about 5" back from the muzzle on the left side. The gun currently weighs a hefty 11 lbs 8 oz and will be heavier once completed. This is a very fine and rare 8 Gauge and a straight forward restoration. Properly restored I would value this gun over $3500. Very Rare & Unusual Edmond Pope, Clonmel, Ireland, 1864 Patent Lockfast Double Barrel Shotgun Salesman's Sample, 12 Ga Pinfire, mfg. circa 1865. This is an extremely rare and likely unique example of a factory built salesman's sample shotgun demonstrating Edmond Pope's June 14th, 1864 Patent No. 1465 "Lockfast" action. While it is constructed as a fully functioning gun it was not intended for commercial sale or use and has amazingly never been fired. It remains absolutely 100% original and untouched top to bottom. The barrels measure just 17" long and are factory finished at the muzzles with both tubes touching. Likewise there is no provision for a buttplate or front sight. Obviously the gun was meant to fit inside a suitcase for easy transport. Further there are two neatly milled windows on the left side of the frame to showcase the locking action. The metal retains it's original "white" finish having never been browned or blued. The surfaces are smooth and bright with only a few small scattered oxidation spots forming. The stock is nicely figured and features a beautifully checkered straight wrist and forearm. The checkering is perfectly sharp and the wood retains it's untouched original finish with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Serial number "130" is marked on the water table and forearm with "E POPE'S / PATENT / LOCKFAST" also stamped into the water table. There are no external markings whatsoever. Both actions are perfectly crisp and function like new. The bores are absolutely flawless and have literally never been fired. They are mirror bright with not one scratch, stain, pit, or blemish. The barrels lock up tight against the frame with no play whatsoever. Accompanying the gun is a 1968 antique registration exemption document. This is a truly fascinating one of a kind piece that will be a highlight among any shotgun or pinfire collection.
PATENT SALESMAN'S SAMPLE
Extremely Rare Westley Richards, Birmingham, England 8 Bore Percussion Double Barrel Dangerous Game Rifle with Fully Rifled Barrels & Gujarat, India Markings, .84 Cal, mfg. circa 1860. This is an extraordinary example of a true purpose built Victorian elephant gun by one of the greatest makers of all time. Most of the early muzzleloading era elephant guns were nothing more than cut down large bore duck guns repurposed to fire massive lead balls. Smoothbores were common as they were quicker and easier to reload on horseback and produced less recoil than a rifled bore. This double rifle would have been made to order for an English sportsman or hunter traveling to India during the British Raj and it's lack of embellishments only reflects the purity of the gun's intended purpose. Incredibly it remains in wonderful untouched condition throughout and is 100% original as manufactured. The Birmingham proofed Damascus barrels measure 21 7/8" long (factory length, not cut!) and feature a dovetailed iron blade front sight with standing leaf rear sight. The inside diameter of the bores measure approximately .845" across the lands and .895" across the grooves. Both locks are inscribed "WESTLEY RICHARDS" with "LONDON" on the upper rib. The metal has a smooth dark plum patina overall with the barrels showing approximately 70% thinned Damascus pattern. The stock features a checkered wrist with short forearm and retains a pleasing untouched finish. There are a couple short stable hairline cracks just behind the barrel tang with some minor edge chipping along the forearm and a tight 1 1/2" crack above the wedge on the right side. The iron buttplate is marked with the number "50" in Gujarati which would suggest the rifle spent some time in the Indian sate of Gujarat. Original iron triggerguard, patchbox, barrel wedge, forend tip, ramrod pipe, and sling swivel eyes. Wonderful robust ebony ramrod with brass tip and worm. Both hammers are matching originals with clean original nipples. Both action are crisp and function perfectly. They feature a mechanical half cock position with external stalking safeties which all function properly. The fully rifled bores feature remarkably sharp four-groove rifling front to back with typical light blackpowder frosting and fine pinprick pitting throughout. They are very clean overall and should prove quite serviceable if one ever chose to fire this beast. The barrels are thick walled with no dents and perfect original ribs. The rifle weighs 10 lbs 4 oz. This is a very special opportunity to own an incredibly unique big bore double rifle which can truly be considered the rarest of the rare. Finding a quality factory built double barrel elephant rifle from the mid 19th century is just about unheard of! A most exciting and impressive centerpiece for any collection.