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    Relief Carved, Exquisitely Embellished Percussion Half Stock Pennsylvania Rifle, C. 1845. 32", .30 caliber full octagon rifled barrel, just 3/4" across the flats. The entire rifle built with notably diminutive proportions and doubtless custom built for a youth. Barrel with smooth dark patina, absolutely no rust or pitting, with decorative engraving around the front and rear sights. Partial signature visible at the breech "James Li..." and likely James Lilly of Fayette County Pennsylvania. Decoratively engraved lock marked Whittemore, Wolfe, Duff & Co. Pittsburgh. 3 1/4" barrel tang with two screws. Double set triggers, mechanically fine, rifle with excellent bore. Brass furnishings including 4 3/4" engraved brass toe plate which incorporates the patchbox release button. Beautifully engraved elaborate patchbox, unique in our experience, with pierced scroll side plates with intricate scroll like finial that actually appears to be fabricated of copper and extends from the box frame to the wrist of the rifle, also extensively engraved with small silver inlays intertwined,. The moulded cheekpiece is inlaid with an oval German silver plaque which is engraved with an acorn and leaves. Unique stylized silver fish inlaid on each side of the wrist, with engraved heart shaped silver wrist escutcheon. Brass embryonic bird lock bolt plate, and similar silver inlays on either side of the forestock. 2 1/4" long brass ramrod ferrules on iron rib. The nose cap and rear ramrod ferrule are missing. Finely figured maple stock with expertly applied curl, the cheek side with relief and undercut carving in the rococo style reminiscent of the finest carvers of the golden age. Stock overall with wonderful rich patina just showing honest wear from use/carrying. There is a small piece of wood cut out behind the bolster, likely burnt from firing and meant to be replaced. Else the stock is excellent with a hairline with no loss at the toe of the butt and a small sliver just forward of the lock. Retains what appears to be the original hickory ramrod. Interestingly, included with the gun is a C. 1900 4 3/4" X 7 1/2" photograph of two teenage boys with their dog. The boy at left holds a single barrel percussion shotgun while the youth at right holds what appears to be a rifle by this same maker, based on the visible inlay work. A fascinating adjunct to a beautiful little rifle. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.

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    June, 2011
    25th Saturday
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