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Full-stock Percussion Kentucky Rifle by John Armstrong

.45 caliber, 43" octagonal barrel, marked on top of barrel 6" from the breech a signature brass escutcheon inlayed with John Armstrong in script. Forward action percussion lock with "JA" engraved in script on the lockplate and engraved hammer. Barrel held to stock by four wedges, pig tail trigger, brass triggerguard, buttplate, engraved patchbox, engraved toe plate, engraved sideplate, brass nose cap and thimbles. Silver thumb plate, silver oval with engraved eagle inlayed on the cheek piece. Raised carving on the left side of the buttstock, a checkered pattern under cheek piece, raised carving around the tang, and behind the rear thimble. Incised carved lines running parallel on both sides of barrel. Curly maple full stock.

Provenance:Albert Sullivan Sr

Condition:Barrel and lock have very nice patina. Stock has been lightly cleaned many years ago. There is a little discoloration around the percussion drum on the right side of tang. No wood has been added nor are there any repairs to the stock; no cracks. Some of the raised carving is slightly worn. Rear thimble has some wear. Overall this is a very beautiful rifle and as always the John Armstrong rifle stands out and is truly a great example of this "Golden Age" rifle maker.

Estimate: $35,000 - $65,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$94,875
10/29/2010

 

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