Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 111: Early Colonial Era Snaphance Caliver

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Rare Early Colonial Era Snaphance Caliver

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $8,500

Rare Early Colonial Era Snaphance Caliver

Manufacturer: British
Model: Snaphance
Type: Musket
Gauge: 67
Barrel: 41 3/4 inch part octagon
Finish: bright
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 765
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 68
Class: Antique

George Moller noted this piece as a British snaphance caliver from circa 1598-1602. The multi-stage smoothbore barrel has blade and notch sights, girdles at the first transition point, and no visible markings. The lock has a shell design fence at the right edge of the pan which has an automatic cover, and no visible markings. The ramrod is secured in a channel in the stock without ferrules, and the buttplate and trigger guard are simple sheet iron. The stock retains the classic shape of many English matchlock calivers and arquebuses. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good with gray and brown patina, mild pitting, and general mild wear on the iron components. The stock is also very good and has some chips and slivers absent, some repaired cracks in the forend, additional cracks in the breech section and butt, and scatted scrapes and dings. The sear engagement is inconsistent, but it is otherwise mechanically fine.

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