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Lot 3174: Civil War Era H.E. Dimick Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: September 12, 2021

Documented Civil War Era H.E. Dimick Percussion Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

Documented Civil War Era H.E. Dimick Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Dimick H E
Model: Percussion Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 42
Barrel: 31 1/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
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Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 108
Class: Antique

This rifle is pictured on page 436 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume III: Flintlock Alterations and Muzzleloading Percussion Shoulder Arms, 1840-1865" by George Moller in his discussion about the rifles supplied by Horace E. Dimick of St. Louis, Missouri, during the Civil War, including the rifles he supplied for Birge's Western Sharpshooters. This rifle is marked "H.E. DIMICK" on the barrel twice: once ahead of the rear sight and once behind, and Moller notes that "REMINGTON/CAST STEEL" is marked on the lower right flat under the stock. It has a turned down muzzle for use with a starter with a marking on the face that appears to be "CC", a German silver "Rocky Mountain" blade front sight, a U-notch rear sight, adjustable double set triggers, a spurred iron trigger guard, pewter forend cap with the angled profile found on other Dimick rifles, two barrel wedges, a plain stock with Moller's "GDM" collection mark near the toe, and a crescent iron buttplate. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good overall with a mix of brown patina and applied brown finish, mild overall wear, cracks and repairs concentrated in the mid-section of the stock as well as some chips and slivers absent from the edges, George Moller wrote, "The heavy pitting at the barrel's breech is silent testimony to this Dimick rifle's extensive firing." Mechanically fine. This rifle certainly appears to have seen considerable use by western marksman during the war.

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