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Lot 1094: Henry E. Leman Full-Stock Percussion Indian Trade Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Documented Henry E. Leman Full-Stock Percussion Indian Trade Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,500

Documented Henry E. Leman Full-Stock Percussion Indian Trade Rifle

Manufacturer: Leman
Model: Percussion
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 52
Barrel: 32 inch octagon
Finish: brown/bright
Stock: maple
Item Views: 381
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 53
Class: Antique

This rifle is featured in the chapter "U.S. Contract Arms for the Indians" in "American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. II" by George Moller on pages 389-391 and noted as an example from Leman in the 1840s-1850s. Henry E. Leman's shop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was one of the most prolific makers of guns for the Indian trade and is particularly well-known for their trade rifles like this one. There are "39C" markings on many of the components, and there are "80" markings inside on the lock components. The barrel has blade and U-notch sights and is marked "H.E. LEMAN/LANCASTER P" and "WARRANTED" on top in the breech section accented by wavy lines. The lock has scroll designs and is marked "LEMAN/LANCTR.PA." The buttplate is iron, and the remaining furniture is brass. The stock has the painted false flame figure. A "GDM" collection marking is discreetly marked ahead of the toeplate. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good overall with mix of dark brown patina and applied brown on the iron, some mild oxidation/pitting particularly on the buttplate, deep aged patina on the brass furniture, rerifled bore, crack and chips at the toe, crack at the tail of the lock, and mild overall wear including some dings and scratches. Mechanically functions fine (full-cock only).

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