Half-Stock Leman Percussion Trade Rifle

.45 caliber. 32.5" wedge retained octagonal barrel. SN: NSN. Browned barrel, brass furniture, walnut half stock with raised cheek rest and pewter forend cap. Two-screw percussion lock marked "LEMAN/LANCASTER, PA" in two lines forward of the hammer. Barrel with drum bolster is marked "LEMAN LANCASTER, PA". Stock mounted with a lightly engraved four-piece floral final patchbox with a lightly engraved toe plate that contains the door release. Crescent butt plate, extended finger spur triggerguard, flat geometric two-screw side plate, iron pipes with old wood ramrod. Stock decorated with a lightly engraved German silver inlay on the cheek rest and numerous small brass brads that run from the tang to the comb along the top of the wrist, around the periphery of the cheek rest and right in front of the butt plate tang. A single brass tack has been added behind the side plate. A well used percussion rifle that has the wear, tear and earmarks of being a real frontier used rifle.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness


Good with moderate to heavy wear. Metal oxidized with scattered surface oxidation and some pitting. Mechanically functional lock, good bore is dark with strong rifling and moderate pitting. Skirt of hammer nose chipped, lock with some gapping at the tail. Stock with significant damage in the forend where the wedge was dislodged and the wood broken on both sides. The damage is very old as the wood is worn quite smooth. Further damage includes wood loss around a pin above the entry pipe, some chipped loss at the side plate as well as some loss due to burn out at the bolster. Otherwise with moderate wear, bumps, dings and mars.

Estimate: $3,500 - $5,000
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