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    M1853 "John Brown" Sharps Carbine #16100, in Near Mint Condition Inscribed on the Patchbox to Adolphus Dauphin Thompson, One of John Brown's Raiders Killed in the Assault on the Fire House. From the personal affects of Marine Maj. William Worthington Russell and doubtless captured/taken by him during the raid at Harper's Ferry. The patchbox inscription, which is absolutely authentic and 'of the period', is in very light script, doubtless applied by Thompson himself, and also bears the date 1859. Additionally, scratched very lightly along the comb of the buttstock is "Bessie Bell" significance unknown. The gun retains 95% of the original lacquer brown finish. Just some small scattered areas of light very old dry surface rust. Frame/lever smooth dark patina mixing with case colors, deep crisp markings. Mint bore, oddly the mainspring is either broken or has been removed. The gun is obviously overall completely untouched since the day it was captured. Long sling bar with original ring. Wood also about perfect, just showing signs of very minor use with great patina. Interestingly it bears three tiny initials, which actually appear to be an inspector's mark "JCF" on the butt stock by the frame. Thompson was born in New York in 1838 and was killed in the melee' surrounding the assault on the Harpers Ferry engine house on October 17, 1859, at the age of 21. Thompson, who was one of Brown's Lieutenants, was described as being "very quiet, with fair, thoughtful face, curly blond hair, and baby blue eyes.
    Other than the mainspring the gun is complete, correct, original and untouched in every respect and certainly the single most important item related to John Brown's historic Harpers Ferry Raid that we have ever offered for sale.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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