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Lot 1306: John Broughton Lever Action Rolling Block U.S. Army Prototype

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

John Broughton New York U.S.A. 1866 Marked Lever Action Rolling Block U.S. Army Prototype/Patent Model

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

John Broughton New York U.S.A. 1866 Marked Lever Action Rolling Block U.S. Army Prototype/Patent Model

Manufacturer: American
Model: Single Shot
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 54
Barrel: 4 5/8 inch round
Finish: brass
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 343
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 143
Class: Antique
Description:

John Broughton of New York designed this lever action rolling block single shot action in 1866 and received patent number 76,595 for this design on April 14, 1868. Official records from the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition (World's Fair) indicate Broughton brought a model of this design (likely this very piece) to show to U.S. representatives and others. The design was subsequently submitted to the U.S. military's 1872 rifle trials along with two other rifles of Broughton's design. It is inscribed "John Broughton/New York./U.S.A./1866" on top at the breech. The construction is essentially all brass aside from the stubby walnut forearm and stock. The barrel is smoothbore.

Rating Definition:

Fine with dark aged patina on most of the surfaces, some bright golden tones in protected areas, rough edges on the stock (original), and mild scratches, and dings. Mechanically fine. This is a very rare chance to own a prototype/patent model of an ingenious early American breech loading rifle.



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