Antique Trade Rifle,
.53 caliber, 35-1/4" barrel,
percussion lock, faux stripe maple, brass,
needs restoration, marked Pennsylvania Rifle Works
Part Number: AAS-411
Availability: In Stock
Price: $750.00
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This fullstock rifle has the classic appearance of a mid 19th century Trade Rifle. The rifle is stocked in plain maple with painted on faux striped finish visible over the length of the stock. The rifle is trimmed in brass furniture with a modestly curved buttplate, and triggerguard with fish lip grip rail. The square tail lock is stamped Pennsylvania Rifle Works. Pennsylvania Rifle Works was operated in Philadelphia by George and Robert Dunlap circa 1837 to 1858. This rifle bears a strong resemblance to a H.E. Leman Trade Rifle, which would have been contemporary. Weight is 8.7 pounds and trigger reach is 12-5/8", typical for many antique rifles. The rifle is missing the cap box lid, ramrod entry pipe, and ramrod. The forend has one crack that should be stabilized This rifle appears to be worthy of restoration, as it does not have the heavily used appearance of many trade rifles as well as having a very nice bore for a mid 19th century rifle.

The rifle is fitted with a .53 caliber by 35-1/4" straight octagon barrel. The .53 caliber bore is in very good condition with a some scattered light pitting visible. No roughness is felt with a cleaning patch. The exterior of the barrel has aged to a gray brown patina. The breech is stamped with palm leaves and Pennsylvania/ Rifle Works on two lines. A low silver blade front sight and semi buckhorn rear sight are dovetailed.

The plain maple stock has a faux curly maple finish. The narrow stripes were painted on with a brush. The striped finish has faded in areas that are frequently handled and one area that was refinished previously.. The faux finish is also seen on rifles by H.E. Leman from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania as well as others. The buttplate has a gentle curve to engage the shooter's shoulder and is filed with a distinctive flat along the comb. The buttstock is fitted with a long brass cap box mounted with steel screws. The cap box is missing the door, but otherwise appears to be a casting offered commercially by E.K. Tryon, also of Philadelphia. The wood at the tail of the cap box has started to crack as it has compressed against the patchbox. The breech plug tang on the patent style breech extends to the end of the lock panels. The front tang bolt has one edge of the head that has chipped away..

The toe is protected with a toeplate with chicken walk engraving. The triggerguard is mounted with pins. The forearm and forend have a slender profile that wraps the barrel. The ramrod entry pipe and the ramrod are both missing. The forward pipes are formed from sheet brass, and the entry pipe was likely as well. The ramrod was tapered based on the existing ramrod pipes and ramrod entry hole into the stock. The left side of the forearm just behind the middle ramrod pipe has 3-1/2" crack that should be stabilized. It appears an attempt was made long ago and the faux finish is missing from that area. The buttstock is shaped with a square cheek with a incised molding along the edge. The sideplate is inlet flush with the side panels and mounts the single lock bolt.

This rifle has the classic square tail percussion lock design found on many 19th century percussion trade rifles. Stamped Pennsylvania Rifle Works on the lock plate. The plate is marked with die embossed scrolls, with one of the patterns repeated on the hammer. The hammer has both a half cock and full cock position unlike many trade rifle locks. The lock will fire from the half cock position currently. The patent breech has the antique nipple fitted.

This antique Pennsylvania longrifle dates from the mid 19th century circa 1840's to the late 1850's. The rifle has a very attractive appearance and would be a good choice for restoration of the few missing pieces of furniture. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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