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LOT 80
Scarce P.W. Porter Second Model Percussion Turret Rifle with Unique Bayonet - Serial no. 336, 50 cal., 26 inch octagon bbl., nickel finish, walnut stock. Only around 350 to 400 of these second model rifles were manufactured in the 1850s by Parry W. Porter of Memphis, Tennessee, and New York City. The Second Model is identified by the serial number range of approximately 300-679 as well as the circular turret magazine cover. With most second models usually missing their magazine cover, this example has a professionally made replacement (serial number matching) turnscrew secured cover affixed. “ADDRESS/P.W. PORTER/NEW-YORK” and “P.W. PORTER’S/ PATENT/1851” marked on the upper left barrel flat in reference to Porters patent number 8,210 of July 18, 1851. It has blade and notch sights offset to the left, a serpentine loading lever, smooth buttstock with standard rifle buttplate, and the matching serial number is marked on various components including the removable turret magazine. “GDM” (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a “crown/B-P” marked bayonet and a broken bayonet collar off of the right of the muzzle end of the gun. At the time of writing this description, no other examples of the limited surviving P.W. Porter rifles are known with a provision for mounting a bayonet. CONDITION: Very good, retaining strong traces of original nickel finish in protected areas and along the sides of the barrel with smooth gray and brown patina on the balance, and some very light pitting. Stock is also very good with scattered light scratches and dents, and some chips along the bottom right edge. Mechanically fine. Bayonet base is detached with solder exposed. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000
LOT 81
Very Scarce Third Model P.W. Porter Percussion Turret Carbine - Serial no. 6, 50 cal., 22 inch round bbl., blue/ casehardened finish, walnut stock. This is a Third Model carbine version of Parry W. Porter’s distinctive turret rifles (approximately 680-1225 serial number range). This is an unusual example given the low serial number and the lack of Porter markings. It has off-set blade and notch sights, “6.” on the bottom of the barrel and other components, a smooth buttstock with “AK” carved into the right side and a military style flat buttplate. A “GDM” stamp is marked at the toe. Includes a leather sling. CONDITION: Good with dark brown and gray patina, mild pitting, scrapes on the right side of the action, and general mild wear overall. The turret cover is absent. The stock is also good and has some thin cracks in the butt, numerous scrapes and dings, and some small flakes. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 4,500 - 7,000 LOT 82 Scarce P.W. Porter Second Model Percussion Turret Rifle - Serial no. 429, 50 cal., 26 inch octagon bbl., blue/casehardened finish, walnut stock. Approximately 350-400 of these rifles were manufactured in 1850s. This one falls into the correct 300-679 serial number range and has “ADDRESS/P.W. PORTER/NEW=YORK” and “P.W. PORTER’S/PATENT./1851.” on the upper left flat, a dovetailed blade front sight offset to the left, coordinating adjustable rear sight, serpentine loading lever, “429” on many of the various components, 9-shot turret, and smooth buttstock with steel buttplate. “GDM” is marked near the toe. CONDITION: Very good with mostly smooth gray and brown patina on the exterior surfaces, some bright fire blue finish on the internal components, minor oxidation/pitting, and generally mild overall wear. The refinished stock is also very good and has some repaired chips in the wrist and toe, a hairline crack at the heel, and mild dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 3,500 - 5,500 LOT 83 Scarce T.P. Cherington Miller Patent Pill-Lock Revolving Rifle - NSN, 40 cal., 30 inch octagon bbl., bright finish, curly maple stock. These distinctive American revolving rifles were manufactured circa 1835 to 1850 by several gunmakers based on the designs of John and James Miller. This rifle by Thomas Parker Cherington (1831-1913) of Catawissa, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, is built in the style of a classic American half-stock percussion rifle. The octagon barrel has a low dovetailed blade front sight and U-notch rear sight and is signed “T.P. CHERINGTON.” A ramrod is fitted in the pipes on the under-rib, and the curly maple forend has a classic pewter cap. The buttstock is an especially attractive piece of curly maple and has brass furniture including a classic cap box on the right marked “TRYON/195” inside the lid. CONDITION: Very good plus with attractive aged patina on the brass furniture and a mix of gray and brown patina and some light oil staining on the iron along with some minor pitting. The refinished wood is also very good with attractive flame figure, minor dents and scratches, and a slight chip at the toe. Mechanically fine. Estimate: 3,000 - 4,500

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