"STEPHEN GRANT UNDERLEVER HAMMER DOUBLE RIFLE WITH ALEX HENRY BARRELS. SN 4324. Cal. 450 Express. Fine assembled rifle with 28" Alex Henry bbls, flat matted rib, caterpillar front sight, 2-leaf platinum line rear sight to 200 yards & extractors. Rib is marked with the Alex Henry name & address and about 1-3/4" of rear of top rib is loose. It has a small rounded action with back action locks and stalking safeties with Grant's name on both lockplates and "STEPHEN GRANT'S PATENT" on each side of receiver. It is otherwise identical to an Alex Henry rifle of same caliber being sold elsewhere in this auction, with the exception of scalloped firing pin wells & shape of hammers. The Alex Henry rifle hinge pin enters from left side while the Stephen Grant enters from right side. Receiver, lockplates, hammers & all appended metal are engraved with beautiful, very fine, foliate arabesque patterns with about 50% coverage overall. Mounted with very highly figured marblecake French walnut with checkered splinter forearm secured with a sgl wedge through engraved escutcheons. It has a long checkered wrist with steel grip cap and bottom tang that extends all the way to grip cap. It also has a shallow cheekpiece covered with a fine leather. Length of pull is 14-1/4" over a slightly tapered extension and has a checkered steel buttplate engraved on heel "4 DRAMS NO. 6 POWDER". It has sling eyes on bottom of bbl & bottom of stock. Accompanied by a burgundy felt lined, canvas & leather trunk case with an Army & Navy label inside lid, compartmented in bottom for the full length rifle with various empty compartments. Weight: 9 lbs. 0 oz. PROVENANCE: Glenn Marsh Collection CONDITION: Very good to fine, bbls as noted. Bbls retain most of a fine re-browned finish with a few minor nicks. Receiver is silvered case colors and lockplates retain faded case colors in sheltered areas with balance turned silver. Wood is sound with forearm showing heavy wear with some battering on bottom and missing a chip from left tip. Stock with minor nicks & scratches retains most of a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, bright shiny bores with light frosting. Case shows heavy wear & soil with some water staining on lid, a couple of broken corners in lid with moderate to heavy wear and considerable moth damage. 4-59586 JR255 (3,000-5,000)"
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