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Lot 141: Pennsylvania State Contract George W. Tryon Flintlock Rifle

Auction Date: December 3, 2021

Scarce Documented Pennsylvania State Contract George W. Tryon Flintlock Rifle

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

Scarce Documented Pennsylvania State Contract George W. Tryon Flintlock Rifle

Manufacturer: Tryon - George W. of Philadelphia
Model: Contract
Type: Musket
Gauge: 62 smoothbore
Barrel: 39 3/4 inch octagon
Finish: brown
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 609
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 77
Class: Antique

This rifle is shown and this model type is discussed on pages 305-307 of "American Military Shoulder Arms, Volume 2: From the 1790s to the End of the Flintlock Period" by George Moller and has his small "GDM" mark by the toe. He notes there were 100 of these rifles procured in late 1814 or 1815 after the Pennsylvania governor's July 14, 1814, order. It has blade and notch sights, "TRYON PHILADA" on the top barrel flat, "CP164" on the upper left flat at the breech, "TRYON" on the lock, "CP164" repeated on the left stock flat along with "V/F. GOETZ," brass furniture including a Model 1814 style patchbox, and a full-length walnut stock with rounded, swept back cheek piece. Provenance: The George Moller Collection

Rating Definition:

Very good as reconverted to flintlock configuration. The breech section of the barrel and the lock have a mix of dark blue-brown patina, and the balance of the barrel has a lighter gray and brown patina. Both have generally mild pitting, and there is some moderate pitting around the vent. The brass furniture has an attractive aged patina. The stock is also very good and has some splits and slivers absent in the forend, flash wear around the breech, thin tension crack and some flaking at the rear lock screw, and light dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.

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