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        Lewis L. Hepburn
 LOT 3321
Desirable New York Half-Stock Percussion Target Rifle by Noted American Gunsmith and Marksman L.L. Hepburn - NSN, 40 cal., 27 1/2 inch octagon bbl.,
blue/casehardened/German silver finish, walnut stock. Lewis
Lobdell Hepburn (1832-1914) was trained as a blacksmith and gunsmith
in upstate New York and was a maker of custom muzzle loading firearms in the 1850s to
1870s. He came to work for Remington in the 1870s as their foreman in the mechanical department
and was a competitor in the historic first Creedmoor matches and designed the famous Remington No. 3
Hepburn rifles. He later worked for Marlin and patented many designs, including for lever action rifles. The rifle has a fine
  blade front sight on a thick dovetailed base, adjustable notch rear sight that folds flat to clear the view for the threaded tang peep sight, “L.L. HEPBURN/COLTON N.Y” marked on top at the breech, “REMINGTON/CAST STEEL” on the bottom at the breech, scroll engraved back action lock, German silver furniture, and attractively shaped walnut buttstock.
CONDITION: Very good with an attractive smooth brown patina along the barrel, chipped hammer, mottled gray patina on the lock, aged patina on the German silver furniture, and generally mild overall wear. The stock is also very good and has a small chip above the lock smooth finish, attractive grain, and some light dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.
Provenance: Roy Marcott; The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000
  LOT 3322
A.R. Davis New York Percussion Over/Under Combination Gun - NSN, 38 cal., 33 3/4 inch part octagon bbl., bright finish, walnut stock. Approximately .38 caliber rifled barrel over .54 caliber smoothbore barrel. The upper barrel has a nickel-silver blade front sight, empty rear sight dovetail, “AR. DAVIS/DEPOSIT. N.Y” marked on top of the breech section, folding peep sight on the upper tang, back action locks, single trigger, German silver furniture, and smooth buttstock. CONDITION: Good with gray patina on the barrels and locks along with some light pitting, light aged patina on the German silver furniture, and light overall wear. The stock is also good as refinished and has some repairs and filler, cracks in the wrist, and a few minor marks and scratches. The left lock doesn’t lock up properly, but the right lock is mechanically fine.
Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 850 - 1,300

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