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37: Early German Flintlock Target Rifle 

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Early German Flintlock Target Rifle 

.60 bore diameter, 40" octagonal barrel with flared muzzle 1.375" across the flats. Rear sight with long finals; front brass blade sight. Early bridleless lock, flat lockplate hammer. Faceted pan and frizzen, frizzen spring with final. Iron furniture with iron serpent sideplate. Wide iron triggerguard with three finger grooves. Double-set triggers. Straight grain walnut wide buttstock with reeded wooden sliding patchbox. This type of stock is called a "shad belly stock." Stock has moldings from the toe of buttplate to the triggerguard. Raised scroll carving on the left side of stock behind the cheek piece and in front of the cheek piece; molding along the bottom of cheek piece. Raised carving behind the tang. Raised carving behind the rear thimble; incised carved lines running along side of the ramrod. Rear "lollie pop" sight missing, but the metal base is in the wrist. Horn fore end tip. Circa 1700-1730. 


All metal is grey to brown with some pitting. Some restoration to the wood around the lock mortise at rear of lockplate. Stock still retains an untouched patina. An old age crack on the right side of stock above the patch box. Stock has a sliver of wood missing from the front at the horn tip about 1/2" by 4". Stock has some nicks and dings.

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Estimate $3,500 – $6,000
Starting Bid $1,800

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