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John Bixler (1821-1891) and Samuel Iddings (1817-1897) operated gun and sporting goods store in Lafayette, Indiana, c. 1850-1880s, and were arrested during the Civil War for allegedly offering to sell arms and gunpowder to "disloyal persons and organizations, for illegal purposes" per the Indiana Herald on July 8, 1863. They are listed in directories on the north side of Columbia between Second and Third. The gun features an approximately 10 gauge smoothbore right barrel, .50 caliber rifled left barrel, flat rib, blade front sight, a dovetail with blank, a notch rear sight, "BIXLER & IDDINGS LAFAYETTE IN./WARRANTED" and "665" marked on top behind the rear sight, "WM MOORE & Co." marked right lock, blank left lock, adjustable double set triggers, iron furniture, numerous tack decorations, and a leather wrap around the wrist.
Good overall with gray and brown patina, mild overall wear, some attractive flame figure on the stock, minor chips and scrapes on the wood, the noted wrist repair and tacks, and a crack in the forend tip. Mechanically fine.
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