This gun is similar to guns made for hunting on horseback in the Germanic states and Austria. They are sometimes referred to as "breast-pistols" or "stutzers." It likely dates to around the 1730s-1740s. The lock has "PENISCH" on the edge above the frizzen spring, "A. ROSSE" on the edge below, and scrollwork engraving. The inside has been marked "WOODCOCK HILL/BENTON, PA." The barrel has blade and notch sights and seven-groove rifling. It has double set triggers and brass furniture with a variety of cast and engraved patterns, including scrollwork, floral patterns, dogs on the trigger guard, and a pair of figures appearing to make an offering on the side plate. The stock has raised relief acanthus scroll carving and a shallow cheekpiece.
Very good with mottled gray and brown patina on the barrel and lock, attractive aged patina on the brass, crisp engraving, and mild overall wear. The refinished stock is good with chipping around the lock mortise, chips and repairs in the forend, distinct carving, and mild scrapes and dings. Mechanically fine.
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