April 27-30, 2021 Extraordinary Firearms & Militaria
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/27/2021
Kentucky style half-stock flint lock rifle with barrel and lock made by famed Emmitsburg, Maryland maker "John Armstrong". Armstrong worked from 1793 to 1841 building some of the finest Golden Age Kentucky Rifles known to exist. Gun has full octagon rifled 40" barrel with "JOHN ARMSTRONG" visible signature at breech possibly indicating that the barrel was cut back at some point in time. Barrel has German silver blade front sight and notched gunsmith made rear sight. Flint lock hand forged Armstrong style lock signed in script "John Armstrong" controlled by a single trigger and held with a pair of teardrop type backplates. Walnut half stock (restock) done in the Emmitsburg architecture with what looks to be all Armstrong brass hardware including a 4 piece brass "Double shield" finial patchbox with Armstrong's ram's horn style engraving on the lid. Stock has pewter nosecap and single flat key barrel escutcheon. Gunsmith used original brass ramrod pipes and mounted a iron channel guide for holding the period hardwood ramrod. CONDITION: Metal has turned to an aged patina with some surface corrosion. Brass has golden aged appearance with trigger guard having added screws. Ramrod channel has damage from unknown happening. Cock is cracked with lock appearing to be in its original flintlock configuration. Wood has aged appearance with no burnout around lock further supporting lock is original flint. Gun has an pleasing appearance. Dark bore with functioning mechanics. DLM

Item Dimensions: L: 55 - 1/2".
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Drop at Comb
Drop at Heel
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John Armstrong
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,600.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,444.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Friday, April 30, 2021.
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