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    Full Stock Percussion Rifle by Alexander McGilvary, Harrisonburg, Virginia. C. 1835. 39½" deeply rifled .45 caliber octagonal barrel. We are of the opinion, based on the placement of the signature, and the distance between the ramrod pipes, that the barrel was originally 2" - 3" longer. It was common practice during the period of use of these rifles to occasionally shorten them from the back when, after heavy use, the breech area became "burned out," and is a perfectly legitimate period alteration. Beautiful script signature at the breech "A. McGilvary". The gun is in its original percussion configuration. All metal smooth and dark with just some very minor pitting in the breech area. We are of the opinion the barrel tang was, at some point, broken and repaired. All brass furniture. Classic Virginia patchbox, as often used by McGilvary, with "daisy" finial. Sideplates with decorative engraving, with rudimentary "embryonic bird" engraved on the lid. 4½" toeplate with decorative engraving that also incorporates the patch box release. Engraved silver eight pointed star on the molded cheekpiece. Rudimentary brass lock bolt plate also engraved. The condition of the maple stock is superb. Very sharp and crisp with rich patina and distinctive striping on the forestock, just a few minor handling marks, really exceptional. Interestingly there is a ½" stepdown just before the nosecap, doubtless as the result of the rifle being shortened during the period of use. A very attractive rifle by a scarce and desirable southern maker, in wonderful untouched condition.

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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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