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 LOT 190
Documented H. E. Leman U.S. Contract Percussion Northwest Trade Gun - NSN, 69 cal., 36 3/8 inch part octagon bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. This trade gun is featured in the chapter “U.S. Contract Arms for the Indians” in “American Military Shoulder Arms, Vol. II” by George Moller on page 394 where it is noted as “attributed to delivery under one of two contracts let by the Bureau
of Indian Affairs in 1857” based on its larger bore which he lists at .65 (measures .69- 79). Those contracts only totaled 150-225 guns. It retains the basic form of the classic Northwest Trade Gun and has a three-stage smoothbore barrel with a brass blade front sight, false English style proofs on the left ahead of “HEL,”“H.E. LEMAN” in an arch
followed by “LANCASTER PA” on top of the breech section, and a tombstone fox cartouche at the breech. The lock has simple scrolls and is marked “LEMAN/LANCTR PA.” The left flat has a simple lock screw washer. It has the classic over-sized trigger and trigger guard and a flat brass buttplate. The stock has raised plateaus on the flats and by the tang, and elongated triangle comb. CONDITION: Good with mostly gray patina on the iron, mild pitting/oxidation concentrated at the breech, added rear ramrod pipe, aged patina on the brass, and relatively light overall wear for an Indian trade gun. The sanded, re-oiled stock is fair and has some small chips and slivers absent at the edges, pinned stabilized cracks on the left flat, additional cracks at the tail of the lock and butt, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine (sets on full-cock only). Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 191 Fine U.S. Springfield Model 1842 Percussion Musket Dated 1848 - NSN, 69 cal., 42 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. U.S. Springfield Model 1842 muskets were manufactured at the Springfield Armory between 1844-1855. This model is significant as the last U.S. martial smoothbore musket, with known use in the Mexican-American War and the U.S. Civil War. “Eagle/US” marked center of the lock, “SPRING/FIELD/1848” at the tail of the lock, “V/P/eagle head” proofs at the left of the breech, “1848” (faint) dated barrel tang, oval script “JAS” (John A. Schaeffer) inspection cartouche on the left stock flat, and a “US” marked buttplate tang. CONDITION: Fine with bright polished surfaces overall, some very light pin-prick pitting, and crisp lock markings. Stock is very fine
with attractive raised grains, defined edges, a few moderate scratches, and a crisp cartouche. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,500
LOT 192 Documented H. E. Leman Percussion Rifle - NSN, 58 cal., 33 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. Henry Leman rifles are described on pages 400-403 of George D. Moller’s book “American Military Shoulder Arms Volume III” with this exact rifle pictured on pages 400 and 402. The barrel is fitted with blade and notch sights. “H. E. LEMAN/LANCASTER Pa” marked both at the center of the lock and on top of the barrel at the breech. The barrel bands are iron, and the end cap, trigger guard, and buttplate brass. “GDM” (George D. Moller) collection initials marked at the toe of the stock. Includes a period leather sling.
CONDITION: Very good with smooth mottled brown patina on the barrel, scattered light pitting, and nice lock markings. Stock is fine with nice edges, some light scratches and dents, three mild dings ahead of the lock, and attractive grain. Mechanically excellent. Included sling is good with some age related cracking, and the brass hook does not stay in place. Provenance: The George Moller Collection. Estimate: 1,600 - 2,500
LOT 193
Two U.S. Percussion Conversion Pistols -A) U.S. Robert Johnson Model 1836 Pistol - NSN, 54 cal., 8 1/2 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. One of approximately 18,000
manufactured by Robert Johnson of Middletown, Connecticut between 1836 and 1844. This example has an “1840” dated lock plate. These pistols were standard issue during the Mexican American War with many converted to percussion like this example during the 1850s and seeing extensive use during the Civil War. It has standard markings and features and a removable collection marking on the trigger guard. CONDITION: Very good showing a mix of bright a grey patina with some evidence of cleaning and patches of light pitting. The lightly sanded and re-oiled wood has minor dings scattered throughout, a hairline crack, and faint cartouches. Mechanically excellent. B) Simeon North Model 1826 Navy Pistol - NSN, 54 cal., 8 5/8 inch round bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. One of approximately 3,000 manufactured by Simeon North of Middletown, Connecticut from 1826-1829. This example has an “1828” dated lockplate. This was the last model of U.S. martial pistol manufactured by Simeon North. The majority of this total production was later converted to percussion like this example. It shows standard markings and features with the belt hook on the left side absent. CONDITION: Good, showing a mixture of bright and grey patina with some mild pitting and evidence of cleaning. The lightly sanded and revarnished wood is good with minor handling marks throughout, filled belt hook holes, and some minor cracks. Mechanically excellent. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000
         Collector’s Fact
According to author George Moller, this rifle was delivered under one of two contracts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which totaled only 150-225 guns.
LOT 194
Desirable Eagle
Pommel Artillery
Officer’s Saber and Leather Scabbard - Circa 1815-1825, this Officer’s Saber
has a roughly 30 3/4 inch blade (measured straight across) and 36 inch overall
length. The blade has gilded martial, floral, and patriotic etching with niter
blue backgrounds that terminate in scroll patterns, “Warranted” on the right,
and no visible maker’s or retailer’s marks. The silver plated brass hilt has spread
wing eagle languets and an eagle pommel. The bone grip is checkered and has
some chevron carving. The scabbard has silver plated brass fittings.
CONDITION: Very fine with 85% plus original niter blue and gold remaining on the exceptionally bright blade, mostly bright balance with some staining and minor
wear, 75% original silver plating remaining on the hilt and scabbard fittings, loss primarily along the back strap, and edges deep aged patina on the silver and brass throughout, small crack at the mouth, mild crackling
and flaking on the leather, and general mild
overall wear. Definitely a very attractive 19th
century American officer’s saber.
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000

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