Tryon Chief's Grade Trade Gun with Old Repairs

.60 caliber. 35" pinned three-stage octagon to round barrel. SN: NSN. Browned finish, brass and iron furniture, full length walnut stock with German silver decorations. Percussion altered flint lock marked "H.E. LEMAN/LANCASTER, PA" and with a "{Tombstone-Lion}/PA" cartouche. Barrel marked "TRYON/PHILADA" with part of the lower line obscured by an added rear sight and dovetail slot. Left angled barrel flat with fake proof marks in imitation of English proofs, no doubt intended to deceive those that the gun was traded to. Crude percussion hammer with similarly crude drum bolster. Forend with German silver oval escutcheons over some of the pins. Obverse butt decorated with small iron tacks in the form of a cross, empty tack holes are present in the forend as well. Typical trade gun features include the three-screw brass serpentine side plate, oversized iron triggerguard, flat brass buttplate and corrugated ramrod thimbles with wood ramrod. The gun is broken through the wrist and lock mortise with an old sheet iron repair nailed in place and is wrapped with copper wire to reinforce the repair. A hard used and completely authentic Native American used American made trade gun. Mr. Ness' attached tag notes that he feels this is a Chief's Grade gun.

Provenance:The Collection of Larry Ness


Fair, relic condition. Heavily oxidized with dark brown metal that shows roughness and pitting. Amazingly the lock remains functional but the stock damage suggests that working the action is a bad idea. Bore dark, dirty and pitted. Stock heavily damaged as noted above, broken with period repairs and reinforcements but still weak and loose at the repair. Forend with splintered and slivered loss and additional damage.

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
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