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    Magnificent C. 1860 American, Scheutzen Style, Silver Mounted Percussion .36 Caliber Target Rifle in Superior Condition by "W. Stein/ Camden, N. J." Without question one of the most exquisite American firearms we've ever cataloged. 48½" overall with deeply rifled 31" octagonal barrel, fitted for a false muzzle, 1" across the flats. The barrel retains 95% of the original blue finish, just fading a bit. Marked on the top flat of the barrel with a single die stamp. Patent breech with 4¾" tang, profusely decorated with scroll engraving and exhibiting case colors. The lock, which is also marked by Stein, and the face of the breech also engraved with scroll motifs. The top of the hammer defined in engraving as an animal head. The American walnut stock is hand rubbed to a high sheen and varnished. Massive Schuetzen butt with high molded cheek piece, the wrist finely checkered. There is a tight hairline crack, with no loss in the wrist area, detracting little, otherwise the stock is about mint. The fore end tip is of horn. All furniture, including ramrod ferrules, wedge escutcheons, pierced side plate, trigger guard, toe plate and massive butt plate are profusely engraved with scroll motifs. All engraving is of the finest quality and very tight. Ebony ramrod with silver. Delicate hooded front sight, intricate rear peep sight, double set triggers with adjusting screw. Mechanically perfect, mint bore. The rear of the trigger guard mounts a knurled threaded steel knob. The top extension of the butt plate utilizes a 5 /14" long screw with a pierced knob at the top, apparently to allow the butt plate to be extended. All furniture absolutely perfect. A truly beautiful example of the American gunsmith's art with a stunning presence.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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