October 30, 2019 The Collection of Steve & Marcy Hench
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/30/2019
According to page 324 in "American Military Should Arms Vol. II" by George D. Moller, George Baker of Morgantown delivered 100 Virginia State contract rifles on September 5th, 1811. For an example with a nearly identical patchbox, see the Virginia Manufactory Type II rifle on page 321. The octagonal barrel is slightly swamped at the muzzle and the top flat has a dovetailed brass blade sight, and an iron rear sight. The breech is stamped with a "US" cartouche as well as a liberty cap over a "P" proof, which is typically associated with Pennsylvania. The flat lockplate is inscribed "BAKER" in block letters in the center. The brass furniture includes a Virginia style four piece patchbox, decorated with rocker panel borders. Brass sideplate with beveled edges and brass ferrules and nosecap. Full length partially figured maple stock. It is interesting to note that there is also a Melchior Baker who worked as a Commonwealth Pennsylvania contractor for Model 1797 muskets. CONDITION: Barrel retains a heavy brown patina with a pitted surface beneath. Lock is possibly replaced and has been reconverted to flintlock configuration; retains a brown patina with some scattered pitting, and replaced components retaining and light grey patina. Brass is completely unpolished and retains a dark, heavy patina. Stock shows scattered age cracks and marks from use. Much of the forend has been professionally restored, as well as a few pieces around the lock and barrel tang. A very interesting and unknown contract rifle that would be worthy of further research. CORRECTION: This is currently the only known example by this Baker of this scarce Virginia contract.
Barrel Length
32 - 3/4"
.65 Smoothbore
George Baker
Contract Rifle
Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,300.00
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.
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