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Fullstock Flintlock Kentucky Rifle By William Kelsay

.50 caliber,  .45.125" pinned octagonal barrel, no S/N. Browned finish, full-length striped maple stock with brass furniture. Top of barrel is signed William Kelsay. Commercial flint lock appears to be an old replacement and is slightly undersized with a repealed cock. Erosion and pitting on the barrel suggest a reconversion to flint from a percussion drum alteration. Furniture includes a simple, lightly engraved two-piece daisy head patch box, a 1.75" wide buttplate with separate toe piece, a two-screw geometric side plate, a triggerguard with a semi-pistol grip extension to the rear, two faceted ramrod thimbles, a faceted entry pipe and a 1.25" nose cap. The buttplate tang, triggerguard and pipes all show the same simple faceting decorative motif. Stock with simple incised line decorations along the forend, a simple floral apron carved around the breech plug tan, rudimentary carving around the tail of the lock and counterpane and more simple incised lines along the toe of the stock and along the lower edge of the raised cheek rest. Sights are a simple fixed rear and brass blade front. A modern brass tipped wooden ramrod is included. William Kelsey is listed in Sellers as being born in 1792 and  working in Pioneer and Huntington, OH circa 1850-1860s and eventually Kelseyville, CA after 1867. Sellers lists him as dying in 1868, and two other listings appear to be Kelsay's sons John (ca 1819-99) and Nathaniel (ca 1825-?) both of whom are listed as working in Ray County, MO prior to ending up in Kelseyville, CA as well during the late 1860s and early 1870s. 

Condition:

Good. Metal with a mottled and oxidized brown and gray coloration, showing some surface roughness and scattered pitting, particularly around the breech where the pitting is more significant. Mechanically functional, bore is dark, dirty and heavily oxidized with deep rifling. Brass with a nice untouched ocher patina, with the exception of the entry pipe that has been cleaned to a golden color. Stock with wear, scattered bumps and bruises and the usual small repairs in the forend. There is about a 5" repair along the stock line on the reverse at the nose cap, with a similar repair about half that length on the obverse in the same general area. A grain crack runs about half the length of the ramrod channel, starting at the nose cap, and there is the usual wood loss around many of the pins and at the breech plug tang. A couple of small cracks are also present around the lock area and at the rear lock screw. The stock appears to have been lightly sanded as well. 

Estimate: $3,500 - $7,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,998
05/01/2019

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