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    "Found on Antietam Battlefield/ Sept. 19th 1862/ (From) Dr. C. H. Hueseler" is the Period Script Engraved Legend on the Top Barrel Flats of this Very Rare, M1854 .58 Caliber Percussion Austrian Lorenz Rifle Marked "G. Schalk/ Pottsville" on the Lock. Although Schalk, a gunsmith/maker in Pottsville, Pa., is known to have produced a small number of guns of his own pattern, in an attempt to procure a Civil War contract, this is the only example of this pattern we are aware of. Doubtless procured by Schalk and then marked by him for resale, probably to the state of Pennsylvania. Gun is overall in very nice untouched condition. All metal generally smooth with just some light pitting at the muzzle and on the trigger guard bow, and some salt and peppering in the breech area, with nice medium patina. Utilizes a folding long range rear sight. The G. Schalk mark, struck with a single die stamp, is just below the normally encountered 860 on the lock plate. Gun displays a number of other proofs and assembly numbers. Rifled bore very good. Wood smooth with nice even patina. One chip in the ramrod channel near the nose piece and a really minor hairline just forward of the trigger guard, obviously very old and not affecting soundness. A remarkable Civil War artifact for both its great rarity and historic import.

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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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