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Untouched Leman Full Stock Flintlock Trade Rifle

.52 caliber. 41.5" pinned heavy octagonal barrel. SN: NSN. Bright finish, brass furniture, maple stock. Original configuration flint lock with roller frizzen, fenced waterproof pan and flat reinforced cock is unmarked and decorated with simple foliate scroll engraving at the tail. Top flat of barrel is marked "H.E. LEMAN LANCASTER, PA WARRANTED". Four-piece unadorned brass patch box with release in toe plate, simple brass furniture, corrugated or ribbed brass ramrod pipes typical of trade guns, simple S-shaped military style sideplate, original wooden ramrod with tip carved into a jag configuration. Full-length stock with faux striped finish and raised cheek rest. A very attractive untouched and unmolested example of a late flintlock period trade rifle that likely spent time on the great plains. In a survey of arms collected from the Native Americans by the US Army in the post-Little Big Horn period, the most commonly encounter muzzleloading long arm was a Leman trade gun of one sort or another. A great and completely authentic example of a Leman trade rifle, with Mr. Ness noting that this is "The best untouched Leman trade rifle I have."

Provenance:Ex-Louis Parker, The Collection of Larry Ness

Condition:

Very good, untouched condition. Metal moderately oxidized with a mottled brownish gray appearance, some scattered surface roughness and some very lightly scattered pitting. Markings remain clear on barrel. Lock remains in original flint and is functional. Bore is fair, with strong rifling, moderate oxidation and scattered pitting. Stock with moderate wear, with a moderately sized piece of wood missing from the upper rear of the lock mortise area and a crack around the tang area. Otherwise with scattered bumps, dings and mars. Patch box release in toe does not function, but box can be opened easily.

Starting Price: $3,000
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
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