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Lot 1183: Leman Pennsylvania Alteration Tryon U.S. 1841 Mississippi Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Leman State of Pennsylvania Alteration Tryon U.S. Model 1841 Percussion "Mississippi Rifle" with Bayonet

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

Leman State of Pennsylvania Alteration Tryon U.S. Model 1841 Percussion "Mississippi Rifle" with Bayonet

Manufacturer: Tryon - George W. of Philadelphia
Model: 1841
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 58
Barrel: 33 inch round
Finish: brown/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 273
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 82
Class: Antique

George W. Tryon of Philadelphia manufactured approximately 5,000 Model 1841 rifles on contract between 1846-1848. This example has been period altered by Henry E. Leman, of which he performed alterations on a reported 2,352 Model 1841 rifles on contract with the state of Pennsylvania. Leman alteration Model 1841 rifles are described on pages 168-169 of George D. Moller's book "American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III" in which a picture caption on page 168 states, "Henry Leman altered Model 1841 rifles to .58 caliber and to accept Model 1840 angular socket bayonets for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania by turning down the muzzles, and installing bayonet lugs and new front sights." "TRYON/US" marked at the center of the lock in front of the hammer and "PHILADa/Pa/1848" vertically behind the hammer. "U.S./JOB" and "V/P" marked upper left breech end of the barrel and "STEEL/174" (174 partly hidden by the wood line) marked on the left barrel flat. "1852" dated barrel tang. Two inspector cartouches "SH" and "WAT" (William A. Thornton) are stamped on the left stock flat. "174" marked on the buttplate tang. Brown barrel, casehardened lock and hammer, and brass mountings. "GDM" (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a US socket bayonet, period leather sling, tools and an extra nipple inside the patchbox. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good, retaining a mix of original brown finish and mottled brown patina on the barrel, gray and brown patina on the lock, and mostly clear markings in the metal. Brass retains an attractive patina with some darker areas at the edges. Stock is also good as lightly period sanded with scattered dents and scratches, a crack ahead of the rear lock screw, light chips behind the nipple bolster, behind the barrel tang, at the toe, and nice cartouches. Mechanically excellent. Included bayonet is very good with some scattered light pitting, sling is also very good.

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