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   LOT 727
Factory Panel Scene Engraved Axtell Rifle Co.
   New Sharps Model 1877 No. 1 Creedmoor Falling
Block Rifle with Case - Serial no. 035, 45-100 cal., 34 inch heavy
round bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. The receiver has near full
coverage floral scroll engraving with a buck on the right and a bison on the left, and floral
scroll on top of the breech end of the barrel. Engraver’s signature to the right of the trigger. Globe
front with spirit level, tang mounted long range peep sight as well as a metal mounting plate for the peep sight ahead of the buttplate, and mounted with a finely figured and checkered forearm and pistol grip stock with shotgun buttplate. Includes an extra engraved hammer and a fitted canvas/leather hard case with green felt lining inside.
CONDITION: Excellent, retaining 99% original blue finish, 99% vivid original case colors on the receiver with crisp engraving. Wood is also excellent with minimal handling marks, a small hairline crack in the grain on the left around the lock screw, and crisp checkering. Mechanically excellent. Case is also excellent with some light handling evidence and light wear to the leather.
 Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500
 LOT 728
Attractive Smola and D. Mulford Signed, Engraved,
Silver Accented, and Raised Relief Carved Swivel Breech Con Flintlock American Long Rifle Dated 1983 - Serial no. 91, 50 ca
l., 30 inch octagon
bbl., brown/bright finish, curly maple stock. The lock is signed “Smola” (Chuck Smola), and the side
plate is signed “D. Mulford” (Dennis Mulford). One breech is inscribed “No. 91,” and the other is inscribed
with “Aug 1983.” The barrels are 31 inches including the breech plugs which have bright steel vent liners, and are equipped with traditional blade and notch sights. The metal features crisp scroll and border engraving, and
the beautifully figured wood has exceptional raised relief floral and scroll carving, molding, and wire and pin accents. The wooden patchbox contains spare flints, a worm, and a fouling scraper.
CONDITION: Very fine as expertly custom made with 97% plus of the dark brown finish, some minor wear and oxidation
by the vents, light patina forming on the otherwise bright steel components, mild wear on the frizzen faces, and attractive natural aged patinas on the brass and silver. The engraving and markings remain exceptionally crisp. The wood is also very fine and has beautiful figure, crisp carving, a minor scrape at the heel on the right, and minimal light handling marks. Overall, a beautiful contemporary flintlock double rifle.
Provenance: The George Moller Collection.
Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500
LOT 729 Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing Co. Model 1874 Single Shot Falling Block Rifle - Serial no. B7607, 45/70 cal., 30 inch heavy octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. The top barrel flat is stamped “Shiloh-Sharps Model 1874” with “CALIBRE 45/2 1/10” near the breech. Features combination Beach front, folding ladder rear, and tang peep sights. Mounted on a smooth forearm with a pewter tip and the buttstock has a straight grip and crescent buttplate. CONDITION: Excellent overall, retaining 99% plus original blue finish and case colors with limited handling marks overall and slight spots of freckling on the lock. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000

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