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Fullstock Percussion Rifle by Conestoga Rifle Works with Applied "Hancock Richmond" Tobacco Tag Decorations

.44 caliber. 45.75" pinned octagonal barrel. SN: NSN.Heavily oxidized metal, brass and iron furniture, hardwood full-length stock with rudimentary cheek rest. Single screw percussion lock is marked "CONESTOGA/RIFLE WORKS". Lock equipped with double set triggers. Crescent brass buttplate, iron furniture includes finger extension triggerguard and ramrod pipes that secure a short and splintered wood ramrod. Mid-length, two-screw tang, dovetailed notch rear sight, dovetailed Germans silver front sight blade with brass base. Stock is decorated with thirty-eight .685" diameter round iron tobacco tags that are embossed "HANCOCK RICHMOND VA" around their periphery. The tags are primarily applied to the obverse butt and the cheek rest but are also present on the forend and counterpane.  Hancock was a Richmond based tobacco company during the mid-1800s. As noted in Mr. Ness' attached tag, "This Indian liked the decoration."

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Fair to good. Heavily worn and used with the metal deeply oxidized with surface roughness and pitting. Lock functional but due to stock damage does not operate smoothly and moves in the mortise when cocked and when the trigger is pulled to release the hammer. Bore fair, very dark, dirty and pitted with visible rifling. Stock with heavy wear and damage. Stock broken behind lock and around the tang area with the tang screws missing. Wood missing from damage around the upper portion of the lock and bolster areas. Forend damaged with splintered loss along its entire length and with 8"-10" showing major loss and damage near the muzzle. Pins are missing and a wire tie helps to secure the barrel to the stock. Otherwise with numerous bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$1,440
06/08/2022

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