.58 caliber. 22.25" three-stage octagon to round pinned barrel. SN: NSN. Browned finish, brass and iron furniture, full-length walnut stock. Flat Enfield-style percussion lock marked "I HOLLIS" forward of the hammer and with the Hollis trademark at the tail. Traditional dragon motif serpent sideplate and oversized iron triggerguard. Buttplate removed, stock with marks from old tacks around the butt which are now missing, and traces of old red paint as well as some flecks of white wash. Comb thinned to make the gun more handy and useable as with a single hand, gripping the wrist. Trade guns were often shortened to make them easier to use on horseback and potentially for concealment. Stock with rudimentary raised carved apron around the tang. Front lock screw an old replacement that is too short.
Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness
Good as period shortened with a thick, untouched and heavily oxidized patina showing pitting and surface roughness. Lock mechanically functional, fair bore is heavily pitted and dark. Stock worn and modified, with chipped loss around the comb in addition to the intentional thinning and sculpting. Forend with a large hole for the attachment of a sling or possibly a thong to hang feathers or decorations from. Lock slightly ill fitting with some gapping and a repaired crack at the rear.
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