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Lot 3304: Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Single Shot Rifle

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Scarce Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Single Shot Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $850 - $1,300

Scarce Whitney-Howard Thunderbolt Single Shot Rifle

Manufacturer: Whitney Arms Company
Model: Howard-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38 RF
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 181
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 167
Class: Antique

Designed by the Howard Brothers out of Detroit, Michigan and manufactured by Whitney with only some 2,000 built. The barrel is marked "CHARLES HOWARD'S-PATENTS.OF-SEPT. 26.-AND.-OCT.10. 1865.-& OCT. 25.1862" and "MANUF'D. FOR-HOWARD-BROTHERS-BY-WHITNEY-ARMS-CO.-WHITNEYVILLE.CONN." Straight grip stock with blued steel crescent buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Good, showing an attractive brown patina on the metal surfaces and some scattered spotting. The wood is also good with a crack at the wrist and worn checkering. Mechanically excellent.

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