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Lot 1088: Two Digit Serial Numbered Marston Breech Loading Percussion

Auction Date: December 3, 2016

Rare Two Digit Serial Numbered Marston Breech Loading Percussion Rifle with Maple Stock

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $5,500

Rare Two Digit Serial Numbered Marston Breech Loading Percussion Rifle with Maple Stock

Manufacturer: Marston W W & Co
Model: None
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54 percussion
Barrel: 28 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: maple
Item Views: 660
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 52
Class: Antique
Description:

This rifle is serial number 11 of less than 300 breech loading percussion long guns manufactured by W.W. Marston of New York City in the mid-1850s. The rifle is equipped with blade front and notch rear sights. The frame and fish hammer have a factory scroll engraving, and the left side of the frame is stamped with "W.W. MARSTON, PATENTED 1850 NEW-YORK" and "J. PERCY/J. PERCY". It correctly has no provisions for a forearm and is mounted with a nicely figured birdseye maple checkered straight grip stock fitted with a crescent buttplate. The rifle has a brass tipped ramrod. The bottom of the action has the serial number.

Rating Definition:

Good. The barrel has a smooth dark patina overall with the remaining metal surfaces having a smooth gray patina. There are a few areas of minor pitting. The refinished wood is very fine showing a few scattered minor handling marks and recut checkering. Mechanically fine.



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