OD - VERY GOOD- all original parts; none to 30% original finish; original metal surfaces smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and design on metal; wood slightly scratched or bruised.
PRF - PROFESSIONALLY REFINISHED OR RESTORED
WW - WOOD IS WORSE FOR THE PERCENT FINISH RATING GIVEN
Serial number dates to 1865. Receiver and buttplate tang feature a highly attractive scroll and border engraving, which in the accompanying letter George Madis references as L.D. Nimschke in style. The rifle is 20th century custom engraved by an unknown highly skilled engraver. Matching serial numbers are on the barrel, left side of the lower tang, stock inlet, and buttplate. The barrel has the two-line patent date/address marking and blade and folding ladder sights.
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