Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3294: Girandoni System Repeating Air Gun

Auction Date: December 2, 2018

Scarce and Desirable Girandoni System Repeating Sporting Air Rifled Carbine, Almost Certainly Austrian

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

Scarce and Desirable Girandoni System Repeating Sporting Air Rifled Carbine, Almost Certainly Austrian

Manufacturer: Unmarked
Model: Air Rifle
Type: Other
Gauge: 8 mm
Barrel: 18 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: bright/brown/niter blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 3408
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 128
Class: Other
Description:

This system was designed by Bartholomeo Girandoni around 1779 and was used by the Austrian military in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Sporting variations were also manufactured. The Girandoni is easily the most famous early air rifle or windbuchse largely thanks to the fact that for many years it has been associated with Lewis & Clark and their famous Corps of Discovery Expedition. This short example may have been designed for a boy or woman or perhaps for hunting from horseback. It has blade front and two leaf rear sights, a magazine tube on the right side of the rifled barrel at the breech for the balls, no visible markings, brass furniture and action housing, steel suspension ring ahead of the trigger guard, dark horn forend tip, incised scroll carving on the figured walnut stock, and a leather bound butt reservoir.

Rating Definition:

Fine overall with gray patina and spotting on the barrel and lock, light brown and niter blue finish on the magazine mechanism, traces of casehardened finish to the lock, aged patina on the brass, age crackling of the leather, spliced wood under the lock from the time of manufacture, some aged staining, and distinct but smoothed carving. The lock mechanism is mechanically fine.



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