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    General Manuel Baquedano Gonzalez

    Historic Henry Model 1860 Lever Action Rifle Presented to Chilean General Manuel Baquedano Gonzalez.
    Serial no. 9565 [dot], .44 rimfire caliber, 24 1/4-inch barrel with fixed front sight and rear ladder type sight. Top of barrel marked: HENRY'S PATENT. OCT. 16. 1860 / MANUFACTURED BY THE NEW HAVEN ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN. CT. Brass frame. Steel hammer and lever. Varnished walnut buttstock. Sling swivels. Crescent brass buttplate with cleaning rod reservoir. Actual gun was manufactured in 1865. Inscribed silver presentation wraparound plaque to buttstock on one side reading: AL / GENERAL / BAQUEDANO / GONZALEZ / DE LOS / OFICIALES DEL / BATALLION 2do. DE LINEA / DOLORES 1879 / LOS ANGELES 22 MARZO 1880 / TACNA 26 MAYO 1880 / CHORRILLOS 15 ENERO 1881 / MIRAFLORES 15 ENERO 1881 and on the other side with the Chilean Coat of Arms, which dates from 1834 reading: POR LA RAZON O LA FUERZA.
    Note: According to Chilean history research and Wikipedia, records show, Manuel Jesus Baquedano Gonzalez was born on January 1, 1823 and died September 30, 1897. He was a Chilean soldier and politician, who served as Commander-in-chief of the Army during the War of the Pacific, and briefly as President of Chile during the civil war of 1891. He was of Basque descent. He took part in the War of the Confederation, the revolutions of 1851 and 1859, the Occupation of Araucania, and the War of the Pacific. He also served as Senator of Chile for Santiago, Chile and for Colchagua Province. He was instrumental in reorganizing the Army and establishing the Military Academy. This rifle has inscriptions from the onset of the War of the Pacific in 1879 to 1881 when he participated in the battles of Chorillos and Miraflores, which lead us to believe, it was presented to him sometime after his arrival in Valparaiso, Chile, March of 1881 to a hero's welcome.

    Condition: Good to very good. Finish primarily a smooth grey patina with signs of age wear, handling wear and scattered patches of pitting. Some olive toning to brass, mixed with scuffs, dings and pitting. Scratches and bruising present to wood. Few noticeable dents. Action good. Lightly pitted bore. An interesting Historic Rifle with great South American association.


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    December, 2016
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