Lewis Lobdell Hepburn (1832-1914) was trained as a blacksmith and gunsmith in upstate New York and was a maker of custom muzzle loading firearms in the 1850s to 1870s. He came to work for Remington in the 1870s as their foreman in the mechanical department and was a competitor in the historic first Creedmoor matches and designed the famous Remington No. 3 Hepburn rifles. He later worked for Marlin and patented many designs, including for lever action rifles. The rifle has a fine blade front sight on a thick dovetailed base, adjustable notch rear sight that folds flat to clear the view for the threaded tang peep sight, "L.L. HEPBURN/COLTON N.Y" marked on top at the breech, "REMINGTON/CAST STEEL" on the bottom at the breech, scroll engraved back action lock, German silver furniture, and attractively shaped walnut buttstock. Provenance: Roy Marcott; The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very good with an attractive smooth brown patina along the barrel, chipped hammer, mottled gray patina on the lock, aged patina on the German silver furniture, and generally mild overall wear. The stock is also very good and has a small chip above the lock smooth finish, attractive grain, and some light dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.
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