Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1363: Unknown Percussion Rifle 54

Auction Date: April 21, 2013

Very Rare Unmarked Jonathan Browning Style Percussion Harmonica Rifle Serial Number "2"

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $8,500

Very Rare Unmarked Jonathan Browning Style Percussion Harmonica Rifle Serial Number "2"

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 32 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 130
Class: Antique
Description:

Most likely the work of a 19th Century Frontier Gunsmith. No visible makers marks and two striking similarities to the Jonathan Browning Harmonica rifle, the five-round chamber bar and brass receiver. German silver blade front sight and notch rear sight, with "2" on the upper right flat. The brass frame is marked "2" on the right side, with a long back action, matching iron side plate, replacement hammer and thumb plate. Smooth straight grip stock, with a wooden ramrod, pewter forend cap, cheek piece, brass crescent buttplate, and round patch box. There are only a handful of these period altered/repaired Browning style Harmonica rifles known to exist.

Rating Definition:

Fair, with a dark brown patina overall, scattered handling marks and some oxidation on the lock, hammer, chamber bar, and trigger guard. The brass has an aged patina. The wood is fair with cracks, chipped absent wood, scratches and dents. Mechanically needs work. A very interesting Browning style Harmonica rifle.



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