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
Reloading kit for pinfire cartridges (5mm,7mm, 9mm & 12mm)
does it work?