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*SAVAGE 1899-A RIFLE BELONGING TO THE LINDBERG KIDNAPPER. SN 79333. Cal 303 Savage. Bbl 26″ of rnd configuration fitted with Rocky Mountain rear sight and nickel silver knife edge Rocky Mountain front sight. Front and rear receiver ring each have 2 open holes for scope attachment. Top tang has 2 holes with filler screws for sight attachment. This rifle has added sling stud in toe line of stock with bbl mounted forward sling stud. Stocking is of standard walnut with Schnabel forearm and straight grip stock having crescent steel butt. Accompanying the rifle is a notarized affidavit from consignor giving history of his grandfather as a hunting guide in the Moscow, Maine area. Further stating “In the fall of 1932 Bruno Hauptmann and other men hired his grandfather, Earl Lister, for a week to guide them on a hunting expedition in the Moscow area.” At the end of the week Bruno Hauptmann informed the guide that he had no money to pay for guiding services and agreed to leave his rifle until he was able to make payment. Bruno Hauptmann never returned to redeem the rifle and on September 19, 1934 was arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh, Junior. The trial that followed was called the “Trial of the Century” and resulted in conviction. Bruno Hauptmann was executed on April 3rd, 1936. Also accompanying the rifle is a photo of Bruno Hauptmann with Earl Lister and other members of the hunting party as well as biographical information pertaining to Bruno Hauptmann. CONDITION: Bbl has dull blue fading to patina. Action has traces of blue in protected areas blending with patina. Lever has traces of case colors with spots of very light pitting. Stock has a repair on left side of wrist. Stock and forearm are refinished with heavy handling marks and wear. Bore is dark. 4-45678 DS23 (5,000-10,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2012
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