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Lot 3001
REPEATING RIFLE. Cal. 44 RF. NSN. Bbl. 28" of octagon to rnd. configuration. Very special Presentation Grade Model 1870 rifle that may be a prototype. Only marking on rifle is fancy script on top flat "O M Robinson Up Jay NY". Story verbally transferred from previous owners to current consignor identifies this as O.M. Robinson's personal rifle. Fire blued iron action is operated by pulling rearward on checkered wings around center mounted hammer. Action, floorplate, breechblock cover & fancy finger rest trigger guard have tasteful foliate engraving w/ fancy borders. Half length mag. held by engraved German silver band. Globe front sight, engraved elevator adj. rear sight & mid range vernier tang sight. There is a thin fiber shim between the vernier sight & tang. Cheekpiece stock of fancy American black walnut. Right side of stock has a German silver engraved circular lid patchbox w/ American eagle finial. Left side of stock has raised German silver running deer. German silver crescent buttplate, toeplate & trapdoor compartment located on toeline are engraved to match action. Model 1870 rifles w/ Type I actions are believed to have been manufactured by A.S. Babbitt, Plattsburgh, N.Y. Designed by violin maker Orville Moses Robinson born in Swanton, VT 1838, died 1916. Total production of both models is believed to be less than 600. The Adirondack Firearms Co. which may have been a marketing entity that held the patents was purchased by Winchester in 1874. CONDITION: bbl. & mag. tube retain over 90% lightly faded original blue. Fire blued action finish has largely faded to muted bronze, violet & blue hues w/ spots of brilliant fire blue still visible on bolt cover & floorplate. Original stock finish shows scattered scratches & sm. handling marks w/ sm. chips behind top tang & hairline crack extending from top tang into left side of wrist. German silver fittings & ornamentation show light tarnish. Rear sight elevator & globe sight aperture are not present. Clean bright bore w/ strong rifling. (01-14904/DS). ANTIQUE. $9,000-15,000.

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Estimate $9,000 - $15,000Oct 22, 2018