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Percussion Altered Chief's Grade Trade Gun

.60 caliber. 36" pinned three-stage octagon to round barrel. SN: NSN. Oxidized metal, brass and iron furniture, full-length walnut stock. Percussion altered flint lock with commercial percussion hammer and drum bolster. Lock marked with the "{Circle-Fox}" trademarks, as is the top flat of the barrel. Breech with post-1813 Birmingham commercial proof marks. Mounted with a German silver "Indian Chief" wrist escutcheon, three-screw brass dragon motif serpentine side plate, screwed flat brass buttplate, oversized iron triggerguard and a sheet brass reinforcement band near the forend tip. Corrugated brass pipes secure an old wood ramrod. Raised carved apron around the breech plug tang. A nice example of a 1st half of the 19th century "Chief's" trade gun that had its working life extending into the percussion era.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Good. Metal oxidized with a brown patina, scattered surface roughness and some pitting, primarily around the breech and bolster as well as the lock. Markings mostly visible. Mechanically functional, heavily oxidized bore with moderate pitting. Stock with some wear, scattered bumps and dings and some minor cracking in the forend. Butt slightly warped as if it was intentionally bent to create cast off to better fit its owner.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,500
06/08/2022

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