Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 2083: Prototype Single Shot Breech Loading Rifle

Auction Date: May 6, 2017

Unique Prototype Single Shot Breech Loading Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,000 - $6,000

Unique Prototype Single Shot Breech Loading Rifle

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Single Shot
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45 CF
Barrel: 30 3/4 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1876
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 57
Class: Antique

This rifle has no visible markings aside from the rear site graduations on the left side of the action at the breech. It may have been built for one of the late 19th century military rifle trials. The receiver shape and other attributes resemble the Whitney and Remington rolling block rifles as well as the Model 1885 Winchester single shots, and the breechblock is somewhat similar to those used on Spencer repeating rifles. The buttplate matches buttplates #4 (Ballard No. 5 1/2) and #8 (Sharps-Borchardt) shown on page 27 of "Single-Shot Rifles" by James J. Grant. The blade front sight is integral with the front band. There is a hole through the band and forend for a cleaning rod and a slot on the underside of the barrel that presumably catches the rod's tip. The rear sight slides in grooves on the sides of the frame and is graduated from 100-900 yards on the left side. The stock and forearm are smooth walnut with an oiled finish. The forearm has the rounded flats at the rear like the Remington rolling block sporting rifles, and only the buttstock has a sling swivel that matches the style used on Remington rolling block rifles and Winchester Model 1885 Winder muskets.

Rating Definition:

Fine with 40% of the fading original blue finish on the barrel turning mostly to a plum tone, light spotting, light case colors mixed with gray and brown patina on the remaining components, and scattered minor dings and marks. The re-oiled wood is fine and has numerous small scratches and dings, a small chip at the tail of the forearm, hairline cracks at the upper tang, and a small notch out of the front of the comb. The action is mechanically excellent.

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