November 28, 2018 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Charles Lenders Patent Breechloading Percussion Military-Style Rifle

.50 caliber (12.75mm), 30" wedge retained barrel, no SN. Blued finish, checkered walnut straight gripped stock with checkered forend. Top of barrel engraved with the retailer mark: G. LAPORT & Cie RIO JANEIRO, and with Belgian E/LG/* proof mark. Top of breech marked with a {CROWN}/CL mark and BREVETTE. Left side of receiver marked in an arc: SYSTEME LENDERS. Back action percussion lock, Swiss-style adjustable leaf rear sight, dovetailed front sight is missing. Saber bayonet lug on barrel with keyed guide bar, sling swivels in forend and toe of stock. Swelled shank cleaning rod with machined jag at rear and faceted knob at front. Fast twist, multi-groove rifling/Bolt action, percussion breechloading rifle based upon Charles Lenders 1861 patent for a "breechloader with special ignition" (Der Neue Stockel). Cocking the hammer allows the bolt handle to be rotated upwards 90-degrees and drawn back along a fixed central rail, revealing a pivoting breech that can then be loaded with a paper cartridge. Closing the bolt prepares the rifle for firing after a percussion cap is added to the cone.


Very good, retaining much of the reapplied thinning blue. Some scattered light pitting is present under the finish. All markings remains clear and legible. Mechanically functional, very good bore with some scattered oxidation and light pitting nearest the muzzle. Stock solid with relatively crisp checking, showing scattered bumps, dings and handling marks.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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