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    C. 1835 Berks / Lehigh County Percussion Full Stock Pennsylvania 'Buck and Ball' Gun. Superb untouched condition. 44 1/4", heavy wall, octagon to round .54 caliber barrel. Sighted both front and rear, with the front sight being a low brass blade on a brass tear drop shaped base. Barrel very nice, with smooth dark patina overall. All brass furniture perfect with nice patina. Typical eastern Pennsylvania low profile wide trigger guard, the engraved brass patch box clearly recycled from a late 18th, early 19th century, rifle by master maker J. P. Beck with spring release button on the butt plate. There is an unembellished 1 3/4" brass toe plate, with a silver eight pointed star inlaid on the cheekpiece, along with a silver wrist escutcheon and diamond shaped silver pin escutcheons. Curly maple full stock in exceptional untouched condition retaining most of the original varnish, with crazing from age. Shallow moulded cheekpiece with rope like carving along the bottom edge. The barrel exhibits a percussion drum conversion with slot cut in the stock at the top rear of the lock to accommodate a flintlock hammer. The lock is original percussion, marked Riddle in a riband, and utilizes a single screw with rudimentary brass lock bolt plate. Stock shows a worn area just above the trigger guard on the left side, and the lock bolt has been turned too tight, creating a depressed area around the bolt plate, both minor, else the stock is about perfect. The number M375 is neatly stamped in the wood just forward of the toe plate, and a previous owner has used an electric pen to engrave a number inside the trigger guard bow, easily removed. Wooden ramrod is a correct replacement. A very attractive long, slender and graceful gun, of a form favored by many men who relied on guns such as this for sustenance, allowing for its use as an effective 'shotgun' for fowl, or a .54 caliber 'musket' for killing larger game at relatively close range.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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