This rifle was noted by George Moller as a U.S. contract Indian rifle from c. 1810. It has blade and notch sights, a partial "D/PHILADA" (DERINGER/PHILADA) marking visible on the breech along with an "eagle head/P" proof on the left, "DERINGER/PHILA" on the lock, and brass furniture. "M" assembly marks have been found on several of the components, including the side plate and multiple lock components. The same lock and patchbox style have been found on multiple Deringer trade rifles. Provenance: The George Moller Collection
Fair as reconverted to flintlock configuration with a blend of applied brown finish and brown patina on the lock and barrel, period resurfaced frizzen, replacement patchbox lid with modern trademarks inside, and moderate overall wear appropriate to an Indian trade rifle. The refinished stock is also fair and is somewhat undersized leading to some gaps, including around the lock. It has some cracks (some repaired), slivers and chips at the edges, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine. A rare opportunity to acquire a Henry Deringer Indian rifle.
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