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Lot 1169: U.S. Navy N. P. Ames-Wm. Jenks Breech Loading Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Scarce U.S. Navy N. P. Ames-Wm. Jenks "Mule Ear" Breech Loading Percussion Rifle with USN Marked Bayonet

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Estimated Price: $2,750 - $4,250

Scarce U.S. Navy N. P. Ames-Wm. Jenks "Mule Ear" Breech Loading Percussion Rifle with USN Marked Bayonet

Manufacturer: Ames N P Pistols
Model: Jenks
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 35 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 187
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 75
Class: Antique
Description:

Only 1,000 of these rifles were manufactured in 1841-1844 for the U.S. Navy by N. P. Ames. It has a square lug on the bottom of the muzzle for attaching an included angular type bayonet, blade front sight on the front barrel band, rear sight groove on the breech lever, "WM. JENKS" and "USN/RP/P/1843" in front of the breech lever and oval loading port. "23/12" on the underside of the lever. The lock plate is marked "WM. JENKS" and "N.P. AMES/SPRINGFIELD/MASS." Two script letter cartouches are on the left side of the stock. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the stock toe. The included bayonet is marked "USN." Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good plus. The barrel retains 20% original brown finish, otherwise a mottled brown-gray patina. The brass has an attractive mellow appearance. The lock has slight hints of original case colors, otherwise a mottled gray patina. The stock is fine with minor-moderate dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.



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