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CASED MAYNARD MODEL 1865 PERCUSSION SPORTING RIFLE 2-BARREL SET. SN 26375. Cal. 40 and 20 ga. Fine sporting & target rifle with 26″ oct to rnd bbl, tiny globe front sight, fixed rear sight and elevating tang peep sight. Made without forearm, this rifle is mounted with highly figured, checkered American walnut buttstock with straight grip & Maynard smooth steel buttplate. Left side of receiver has the Maynard name & 2-line patent dates with the Mass Arms name & address on the right side. Bottom tang, along with the SN has the date “1865” which signifies that this rifle was produced from leftover Civil War carbine parts as a sporting rifle. These unusual rifles utilized a self-contained cartridge with wide, flat, thin rim that had a flash hole in the center and utilized a percussion cap for ignition. Although these sporting rifles are known as the Model 1865, according to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms they were actually produced in the period 1863-1865, simultaneous with wartime carbines and then after the war as the Model 1865. Accompanied by an orig motor case style half-split brown leather trunk case that is fuchsia colored velvet lined with separate covered compartments in the lid and bottom. The lid is made for the buttstock and the bottom is compartmented for the two bbls. Case furniture is repoussed cast brass with a lock on the front that has its functioning key. Top of the case has a partial shipping label that is partially legible. Bottom of the case has what is probably a duplicate of the top label with the return address “A.A. FIDD / 44 MANCHESTER ST. / ROCHESTER, N.Y.”. It is addressed to “JOS. C. LOWE / 9125 NORTH AVE. / LACKLAND STA. / ST. LOUIS CO. / MO.”. Also accompanied by an orig Maynard/Mass Arms all-steel, 2-cavity, 40 caliber bullet mold with sprue cutter that has the Mass Arms address on the right side. Additionally accompanied by 2-pages of genealogical research. One is regarding Jos. C. Lowe who, in 1870, was 30 years old, a colored man living in Hannibal, Marion Co., Missouri (north of St. Louis). The 1880 census shows him living in Kansas. The second sheet is an attempt to discover information on A.A. Fidd. The only person resembling that name was Adelbert Fidd who, in 1870, was a 20-year old carriage maker living in Moravia, Cayuga County, NY (south of Rochester, NY). High grade examples of this rifle are scarce; 2-bbl sets are very scarce and motor case examples such as this are rare. PROVENANCE: Barnes Family Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Rifle bbl retains about 98% strong orig blue with only light muzzle end wear and faint sharp edge wear on the octagonal section; receiver & lever retain about 90% moderately faded orig case colors. Wood is sound and retains most of a lightly restored finish with freshened checkering. Mechanics are fine, bright shiny bore. Shotgun bbl retains 93-95% thinning orig blue turning a little plum on the rear 1/3, bright shiny bore. Case shows heavy wear with both end straps & keepers missing; handle & keepers are replacements. There is edge wear on the lid, otherwise case is sound; interior is moderately to heavily faded with the inside lid partition cover loose; bullet mold is a cleaned gray metal patina with strong cavities. 4-47648 JR258 (2,000-3,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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