Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 115: Flintlock American Long Rifle Marked F. Gibson

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Relief Carved Flintlock American Long Rifle Marked F. Gibson

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

Relief Carved Flintlock American Long Rifle Marked F. Gibson

Manufacturer: American
Model: Flintlock
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 45 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: maple
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Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 69
Class: Antique

This rifle has George Moller's discreet "GDM" collection mark ahead of the toeplate and was noted by him as a "1792 (style) contract Army rifle." It has traditional blade and notch sights, "F. GIBSON." in individually stamped letters (possibly one of the original owners) marked on top of the breech section, four barrel keys, an unmarked Germanic style lock, scroll and crosshatch patterns engraved on the side plate and Lancaster "daisy" style patchbox, a sun or floral bloom at the center of the lid, entwining lines and light accents on the toeplate, incised lines on the forend terminating in wavy lines, a silver oval wrist escutcheon, silver star cheek piece inlay, and raised and incised scroll carving on the left side of the butt. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Good as reconverted to flintlock configuration. The barrel and lock have dark gray and brown patina, and there is some applied brown finish near the breech. The brass and silver have aged patina. The upper ramrod pipe is not pinned, and the patchbox lid is repaired. The "conserved" stock is fair and has some attractive figure, several cracks and repairs primarily concentrated in the forend and breech section, including a split in the ramrod channel, some chips and slivers absent, worn but visible carving, and general moderate overall wear. Mechanically fine.

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