Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 243: Engraved and Silver Mounted Wesson Percussion Target Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Desirable Engraved and Silver Mounted E. Wesson Percussion Target Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Desirable Engraved and Silver Mounted E. Wesson Percussion Target Rifle

Manufacturer: Wesson Edwin
Model: Percussion Target
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44
Barrel: 31 3/8 inch octagon
Finish: brown/casehardened/silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 413
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 245
Class: Antique
Description:

In the 1840s, some of the world's best target rifles and pistols were manufactured in the New England shop of Edwin Wesson (1811-1849), older brother of fellow gunmakers Daniel Baird Wesson (1825-1906) of Smith & Wesson fame and Franklin Wesson (1828-1899). It is possible that Daniel or Franklin had a hand in making this rifle since they were both trained by their older brother. Daniel also briefly produced these rifles after Edwin's untimely demise from a heart attack in 1849. This rifle has extensive scroll and punch-dot engraving patterns on the action, German silver trigger guard, patch box, left stock inlay, top of the buttplate and toe plate. The barrel and back of the buttplate are the only plain areas. "E. WESSON/GRAFTON/MASS/CAST-STEEL" marked on the left quarter of the barrel at the breech. The barrel is turned for a false muzzle (not included) and is fitted with a globe and blade front sight, elevator rear sight, with a tang mounted folding ladder peep sight.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains strong traces of original brown finish on the barrel with smooth brown patina on the iron surfaces, some patches of light pitting, sharp markings at the breech, and crisp engraving with defined edges in the metal overall. The German silver fittings exhibit an attractive bright patina. Stock is also very good with scattered dents and scratches, a cracked/repaired section on the left below the breech, a minor crack on the underside of the buttstock ahead of the toe plate, and defined edges. Replacement wooden ramrod. The adjustable set trigger must be manually reset, mechanically functions fine.



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