Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3239: Austrian Double Barrel Over/Under Percussion Rifle

Auction Date: August 28, 2022

Attractive Finely Engraved and Gold Inlaid Exhibition Quality Austrian Double Barrel Over/Under Percussion Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $6,000 - $9,000

Attractive Finely Engraved and Gold Inlaid Exhibition Quality Austrian Double Barrel Over/Under Percussion Rifle

Manufacturer: Unknown
Model: Percussion Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 32 Bore
Barrel: 24 3/4 inch solid rib
Finish: bright/gold
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 283
Item Interest: Average
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 170
Class: Antique
Description:

Dating to circa 1850-1860, with etched fine Damascus barrels each cut with eight grooves and with decorative gold inlaid lines at the breech ends. The upper barrel has a dovetailed bead front sight and notch back sight and is signed “F. BARTUSCH IN WIEN” in gold towards the breech. A later horn-tipped wooden ramrod is fitted between the barrels on the right side and a sling mount fitted to the lower barrel. The breeches fitted on each side with gravitating safety stops. One piece standing breech extending to the trigger plate, the latter fitted two triggers, the front trigger for the upper barrel with set mechanism. Back action locks respectively signed “F. Bartusch” and “In Wien”. Furniture comprising flat fronted trigger guard with dark horn pierced and scrolled finger rest, hinged patchbox cover and heel plate. With fine tight scroll engraving throughout. Well-figured walnut stock with raised cheekpiece and checkered panels to the grip, the rear sling mount fitted to the underside of the butt.

Rating Definition:

Fine. The barrels have very attractive Damascus patterns and retain the delicate textured etched finish. Breeches, standing breech, locks and mounts have a bright finish with crisp engraving throughout. The stock has been refinished with an attractive figure pattern and minor storage and handling blemishes. The set trigger mechanism requires attention. Mechanically excellent.



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