Antique Ohio Fullstock Longrifle,
.32 caliber, 32-1/2" barrel,
curly maple, brass, percussion lock,
marked W. Rose
Part Number: AAT-072
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This Ohio fullstock longrifle is marked Wm. Rose on the top flat of the barrel just ahead of the dovetail. This longrifle is stocked in maple and trimmed in brass furniture. The overall style of the rifle is typical of many mid 19th century percussion long guns from the Ohio school of longrifles. The rifle is assembled with a heavy barrel, T&C Neave, Cincinnati marked percussion lock, and double set triggers. Trigger reach is 13-3/4", about average for many antique guns. Weight is 8.2 pounds.

The 32-1/2", including breech plug, barrel is just under 1" octagon at the breech and tapers toward the muzzle. The .32 caliber bore is rifled with seven lands and grooves and appears to be very dark. The barrel is fitted with a very low silver blade front sight which appears to be original. The rear sight appears to be a replacement made from brass, and positioned 4" ahead of the breech. The Wm ROSE appears to be from a professional stamp and is just ahead of the dovetail. The "E" on the name has been lifted and is now very faint, since the dovetail was extended at some point in the past.

The stock was stained to a golden brown and had aged to a darker tone on areas that are not frequently handled. The buttstock has the angular lines similar to late flintlock Lancaster County Trade Rifles. The brass buttplate has a gentle curve to engage the shooter's shoulder, not quite as deep as later Ohio rifles. The triggerguard has a classic fish lip style offset grip rail, and a additional spur is fitted to the rear of the bow. The toe of the stock is protected with a pointed toeplate. Forward on the rifle the ramrod pipes are formed from sheet brass and decorated with a raised rings to provide strength. The ramrod appears to be a old replacement and does not have any tips.

The tang of the patent breech extends to the mid point of the wrist. The tang has been scrubbed bright and both the tang bolt and tang screw show some wear to the slot, with a considerable amount on the forward tang bolt. The stock is secured to the barrel with two large brass headless wedge keys. The key slots do not have any escutcheon plates and display wear around the key with some raw wood visible. The forend around the front key has a visible crack with a glued repair. The sheet brass band on the muzzle acts to protect the end grain of the stock, which does have some visible cracks extending from the rear of the muzzle band. Brown epoxy is visible at the rear of the muzzle band to secure those cracks. The side panel is fitted with a brass lozenge style sideplate very similar to a John & Caleb Vincent sideplate fitted flush with the side panel. The lock bolt is a modern replacement. The buttstock is shaped with a long square cheek piece with molded edge

The percussion lock is marked T&C Neave, Cin. Thompson and Charles Neave operated from Cincinnati, Ohio supplying general merchandise including locks from 1819 until Charles death in 1849, then the business operated as T Neave & Son. The marking on the percussion lock would date the lock to the 1840 period. The rounded front corner and gentle curve on the plate would also be typical of that period. The lock plate is marked with die stamped designs, many of which are similar to those used by Goucher and H.E. Leman locks during the same period. This lock has only a single position tumbler, which is common to many percussion locks, which simplified the use with set triggers. The nipple is a modern replacement. The rifle appears to have seen a considerable amount of use with the wood at the breech well worn from cap flash. The rear upper lock panel has been filed to a concave shape, and has tool marks visible. The lock mortise also displays some visible wood missing along the lower edge and front lower edge. Triggers are single lever double set, which require the triggers to be set to fire the lock. The trigger must currently be set to cock the lock, which may be caused by the parts shifting from wood shrinkage.

A well used Ohio fullstock percussion rifle circa the 1840's based on the markings on the percussion lock. 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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