Lot 3286: Kentucky - Flintlock
|Documented E.J. Sewell Pennsylvania Kentucky "Over the Mountain" Flintlock Rifle from the Famous Stagecoach Museum|
|Estimated Price: $4,000 - $7,000|
|Barrel||101 1/2 Inch Part Octagon||Finish||Brown||Grip|
|Description||This impressive Kentucky rifle was once part of the Stagecoach Museum collection and is pictured in the book "THE STAGECOACH MUSEUM GUN COLLECTION" on page 55. The rifle is numbered 133 in the book with a caption reading, "Perhaps the longest 'Kentucky' shoulder gun known. Made by Pennsylvania gunsmith, who got tired of hearing how far his competitors gun would shoot, so time hanging heavy in the winter, fashioned this "Over the Mountain Gun". An Ozzie and Marie Klavestad autographed copy of the Stagecoach Museum collections book and an original brass Stagecoach Museum inventory tag are included with the rifle. The included 1978 dated notarized letter with Stagecoach Museum letter head states that the rifle was referred to as the "Over the Mountain Gun… because it would take you a day to climb the heights and a gun of this proportions would most certainly shoot right over the mountain". The rifle has an 8 foot, 5 1/2 inch barrel and is nearly 10 feet in overall length. The rifled barrel has a 45 inch long octagon section at the front with the remainder of the barrel being round and is equipped with fixed brass sights. The top of the barrel is marked "E.J. SEWELL" behind the rear sight. The rifle has brass furniture including a patch box on the right side of the buttstock. The shadow cheekpiece on the left side of the buttstock has a brass star inlay. The rifle also has a brass tipped ramrod. The famous Stagecoach Museum of Shakopee, Minnesota, housed a collection of firearms spanning 400 years of history and was a life long project of Ozzie and Marie Klavestad. The museum was a popular tourist attraction and the most famous firearms in the collection included guns owned by Billy the Kid and Annie Oakley. The museum closed in 1996.
|Condition||Very good. The rifle has a smooth crisp dark patina with some mild spotting. The brass has an even patina. The sanded stock is fine with a repair ahead of the lock plate, a hairline crack on the buttstock (left side) and some very scattered minor handling marks. Mechanically fine. Writer has never seen this long of a functioning Kentucky rifle!|
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