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Lot 1093: Henry Deringer US Indian Department Contract Flintlock Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented Henry Deringer U.S. Indian Department Contract American Flintlock Long Rifle

Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Documented Henry Deringer U.S. Indian Department Contract American Flintlock Long Rifle

Manufacturer: Henry Deringer Rifles And Pistols
Model: Contract
Type: Musket
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 38 5/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: maple
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Catalog Page: 53
Class: Antique

Though best remembered for his iconic pistols, Henry Deringer was also a prolific maker of rifles, particularly under contract with the U.S. government. This rifle is one of the rifles featured in the discussion of Henry Deringer's Indian Dept. contract rifles on pages 384-386 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume II: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period" by George Moller and has his "GDM" collection mark ahead of the toeplate. The rifle is noted as "attributed to one of the Indian Department contracts of Henry Deringer of Philadelphia in the 1812-1818 period." He notes the use of an imported English lock which has some simple engraving. The barrel was originally rifled and subsequently bored out smooth and has blade and notch sights star and floral accents, and "*H-DERINGER*PHILA*" signed on the breech section. The brass furniture features some wavy line and star accents. The four-piece patchbox includes Deringer's classic eagle finial. The stock is curl maple and has a Roman nose profile, silver wrist escutcheon, and a silver plated brass cheek piece plate with the eagle and shield motif over "H: DERINGER. PHILADA". Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration with a mix of gray and brown patina, moderate oxidation/pitting, and applied artificial brown finish on the lock and barrel; braised repair on the barrel tang, attractive aged patinas on the brass and silver, and mild overall wear. The stock is also good and has attractive figure mainly in the forend, some minor cracks and chips, wear around the lock mortise and at the breech, and cracked toe. Mechanically fine.

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