November 28, 2018 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


Miller Patent "Billinghurst Type" Revolving Pill Lock Rifle

.40 caliber, 30" octagon to round barrel with full under lug, no SN. Bright finish, brass mounted walnut stock with circular patchbox in butt and German silver pellet storage area along comb. Half-length forend with pewter nose cap. Seven-shot, manually rotated cylinder with pellet primer recesses and Miller patent stop mechanism at rear of forend, forward of cylinder. Lightly engrave commercial back action lock marked Ashmore, lightly engraved breech plug tang. No other markings present. Elevation adjustable rear sight, dovetailed front sight blade. Wooden "ramrod" with brass band at end. An attractive and solid example of an unmarked Miller patent revolving rifle made in a style typical of Billinghurst and other New York gunmakers.


Very good. Metal with a lightly oxidized and mottled brownish-gray patina with scattered flecks of surface oxidation and discoloration. Mechanically functional, fine bore, brass with a dull golden patina. Stock very good with a couple of small repairs, one a 1" long, .5" wide piece of wood set into the counterpane behind the receiver and the other involving some wood filler along the upper edge of the lock. Otherwise showing only scattered bumps, dings and handling marks with crisp edges and line.

Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
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