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Kentucky Percussion Rifle, by J. Vincent, Barlow Township, Washington County, Ohio, c. 1845  -

Item sold by Gregg Martin Auctions on 25/04/2005 for : 6,750.00

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Lot 2068 Detail

Scarce Deluxe Engraved and Profusely Inlaid Kentucky Halfstock Rifle, by J. Vincent, Barlow Township, Washington County, Ohio, c. 1845

.41 percussion caliber, 35 1/2-inch octagonal browned barrel, marked on top of breech J. VINCENT; engraved lock, conversion from flintlock; open rear sight dovetailed near breech; barrel with conversion insert of percussion bolster with nipple. German silver front sight blade. Double set trigger. German silver and brass mounts, the latter including spurred triggerguard and oval patchbox; extensive inlays primarily of German silver (a few in silver), including engraved fish, hands with trigger finger pointing toward muzzle (each side of fore-end); bear, flowers, bird, clover, Indian head, crowned head, standing horse (on cheekpiece), heart, arrowhead, sections of the moon, scrolls, and slightly scalloped wedge key plates; large elongated German silver heart inlay on top of stock wrist; extended German silver inlay on stock comb forward of heel of buttplate. Rare engraved German silver conical bullet and pointed hand motifs inlaid each side of muzzle. Engraved pewter fore-end mount. Hickory ramrod with twist decoration. Steel trigger plate. Varnished tiger stripe maple halfstock; brass toeplate at buttplate embellished to match. Period patches within patchbox.

Condition: Very good. Steel with brown patina, pitting, latter primarily on lock. German silver with mellow patina; coin silver tarnished. Stock with wear and marks, minor chips; minor filler to left of triggerguard front tang; wood worn and frayed adjacent to lock at barrel breech; wood crack and repair at fore-end mount, right side. Minor marks to a few of stock inlays.

Note: John Vincent listed as active beginning c. 1844; originally a cabinetmaker, later trained in gunmaking by Aman Ford.

Estimate: $4000 - $6000

Scarce Deluxe Engraved and Profusely Inlaid Kentucky Halfstock Rifle, by J. Vincent, Barlow Township, Washington County, Ohio, c. 1845

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