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Lot 2089: Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Single Shot Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Auction Date: February 17, 2022

Extremely Rare Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Lever Action Single Shot Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Extremely Rare Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Lever Action Single Shot Rifle-Musket with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: Howard-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 28 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 629
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Class: Antique
Rating:

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.

Description:

Estimated that less than 2,000 of these arms in all variations (rifle, carbine and shotgun) were manufactured between 1855 and 1870. Offered here is a Whitney-Howard rifle-musket, the rarest of all Thunderbolt variations. In "Flayderman's" it is noted that only two rifle-muskets are known, and according to the consignor this is one of those two known examples. This is certainly a very rare post-Civil War breechloader made even rarer by the included bayonet believed to be the only known example. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

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