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Fullstock Flintlock Boys Rifle

.40 caliber smoothbore. 28" pinned octagonal barrel. SN: NSN. Browned finish, brass furniture, maple stock. Commercially made lock in original flint with fenced waterproof pan and roller frizzen is marked "ASHMORE/WARRANTED" in two lines. Lock appears to retain original cock, although the cock screw is replaced. Brass mountings include a flat side plate, triggerguard with short spur finger extension, buttplate, toe plate and nose cap. Rifle is additionally mounted with a truly wonderful open work, four-piece patchbox that is lightly engraved, with the release on the bottom of the buttplate. A tastefully engraved brass plate is also applied to the comb. Sights include a dovetailed notch rear and dovetailed Rocky Mountain brass blade front. A sheet brass ramrod thimble and entry pipe secure an old, brass tipped wooden ramrod. Stock with raised cheek rest and a graceful form indicative of truly talented maker. A really lovely example of a flintlock "Kentucky" style boys rifle with an exceptionally attractive patchbox. 

Provenance:ex-Louis Parker, The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Very good. Barrel with traces of finish and a mottled and oxidized patina that is quite attractive. Markings on lock remain clear, lock functional, bore moderately oxidized and pitted. Brass with a wonderful rich and untouched patina. Stock with much of the original finish, with moderate thinning and wear. Wood with scattered bumps and dings but no damage. An extremely attractive and elegant boy's rifle.

Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,800
06/08/2022

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