May 18, 2022 Extraordinary Firearms
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/18/2022
True child's rifles are extremely rare. This circa 1850 example is nearly of identical dimensions to a child's rifle owned by General Tom Thumb. This diminutive rifle measures only 24 - 3/4" overall with a barrel of 13". The length of pull is only 9 - 1/2". The petite octagon barrel features a German silver front blade sight and fancy scalloped adjustable rear sight. Stamped "PETER W. DIESIN" with the "GER" being covered by the rear sight. Below that stamped "PHILADA. PA" The barrel features a hooked patent breech with engraved stars and borders, as well as 3 silver bands. The small back-action lock is brass and decorated with scrolls, lock measures 3". Hammer engraved en suite, as well as bolster face. The brass furniture is all engraved with scrolls and florals. 2-piece shaped patchbox with pineapple finial and lid engraved with a flower. Buttplate measures 3 - 1/4" tall and has an engraved tang. Shaped and engraved toeplate and forend wear plate. Scroll engraved target style trigger guard. Brass barrel key escutcheons are oval. On the left side of the buttstock, there is a German silver dog inlay and an engraved inlaid brass flower. Maple half-stock of classic Philadelphia form with a checkered wrist and ebonized finish. Complete with its original steel ramrod CONDITION: Showing little use, very crisp. Barrel retains its original polish with scattered frosting and oil stains. Breech and hammer retain their darkened case colors. Lock functions properly and is strong. Lockplate and all furniture retain a dark unpolished mustard patina. Stock is excellent, but the fragile finish flakes when touched and the rifle shows flakes missing throughout and some minor areas previously touched in. A very rare and important signed child's rifle. DMG
Barrel Length
12 - 1/4"
.25 smoothbore
FFL Status
Peter W. Diesin
Child's Rifle
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 18, 2022.
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