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      Bedford patchbox with oval pierced finial and side plates, ornate toe plate, and a straight comb butt with lots of drop commonly found on Bedford rifles. CONDITION: Fine overall with dark brown patina on the lock and barrel, moderate erosion at the breech, light aged patina on the brass furniture, some wood loss at the breech, a few thin cracks, mild scratches and dings, attractive flame figure, and mild overall wear. Mechanically fine
Provenance: Lewis Wagner; The Milan J. Turk Collection.
Estimate: 4,500 - 6,500
   LOT 3323
Finely Engraved and Thomas Oldham Double Signed Bedford County Percussion American Long Rifle - NSN, 36 cal., 42 1/4 inch octagon bbl., brown finish, maple stock.
Riflemaker Thomas Oldham of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, appears to have been born c. 1809 and was active around 1830s-1850s and later moved to Iowa in the mid 1850s and worked as a blacksmith and died in Mallory Township in 1891. The rifle is a classic Bedford rifle and has blade and notch sights, “T. Oldham” signed on the top of the barrel and on the distinctive Bedford lock, some scroll and floral engraving, light molding
ing in incised scrolls on the forend, a classic
  LOT 3324 Engraved, Silver Inlaid, and Signed Flintlock American Long Rifle - NSN, 44 cal., 41 3/4 inch octagon bbl., unknown finish, maple stock. The barrel has blade and notch sights and a difficult to read signature with well-scripted “A” first initial. The lock is signed “W. JACOT/WARRANTED” and is
tripped by adjustable double set triggers. The furniture is brass and has mainly scroll
engraving. There are also nickel-silver pin escutcheons for the rear barrel pin, silver
hearts at the rear of the flats, oval wrist escutcheon, patriotic bald eagle motif engraved on the
silver on the cheek rest, and incised molding.
CONDITION: Good with mottled gray and brown patina on the barrel and lock, moderate pitting mainly on the lock, aged
patina on the silver and brass, generally distinct engraving, and some smoothed areas. The refinished and partially restored stock is good with several repairs including a spliced section at the heel, attractive flame figure, and smooth finish. Mechanically needs work. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection. Estimate: 2,000 - 3,000

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