November 28, 2018 10:00 AM EST Cincinnati


R.Wilson Patent Model For A Breechloading Rifle

.54 caliber, 28" round barrel with under rib, no S/N. Bright finish, brass frame and furniture, hardwood butt with box magazine insert and smooth forend. This is the "functional" Patent Application Model for Robert Wilson's Improved Breech-Loading Magazine Firearm, for which US Patent #45105 was issued on November 15, 1864. Full patent specifications and drawings can be seen by listing the US Patent Office web site and searching for the patent number or by following this link at the bottom of this description. In short, the system used a long brass box magazine, with as many as six vertical stacks of ammunition that were fed by spring power down to a loading tube that ran along the toe line of the stock on its interior. A breech lever opened and closed the action for loading and ejection. The basic concept was little different that the tubular magazine found in a Spencer rifle or carbine, the innovation was the the fact that this magazine was modified to have several vertical stacks of ammunition to replenish. The patent drawing shows as many as 28 cartridges in the magazine and feed tube. An interesting concept that apparently failed to generate any significant interest. Patent Office Link:


Good, metal with an oxidized brown patina and some scattered surface roughness, brass with an untouched dark patina. Not functional, with some parts missing, some wired to the gun and others in an envelope attached to it. Brass magazine stuck in butt. Wood with scattered handling marks and the expected grain cracks found on nearly all butt magazine firearms.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
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