Antique Percussion Trade Rifle,
.56 caliber smoothbore, 32" barrel,
maple, brass trim, brass patchbox,
signed Tryon, Philadelphia
Part Number: AAS-412
Availability: In Stock
Price: $899.00
This antique trade rifle is stocked in maple and trimmed in brass furniture. The barrel is stamped Tryon, Philada. on the top flat. Edward K. Tryon trade rifles were supplied to fur traders, Indian agents, merchants, as well as the U.S. Government. The lock was originally flintlock and has been converted to percussion, post 1840. Stocked and trimmed as a rifle, the barrel could have been enlarged to a smoothbore during the service life. Trigger reach is 13-1/4", about average for a antique longrifle. Weight is 6.7 pounds.

The .56 caliber smoothbore barrel is roughly 15/16" octagon with a overall length of 32". The bore is fair with some small scattered pitting. The top flat of the barrel is stamped Tryon, Philada. The breech end of the barrel has some visible vise marks, as well as typical pitting around the drum and nipple from the corrosive percussion caps used in the 19th century. A flat top rear sight is dovetailed 11" ahead of the breech. A low nickel silver blade front sight is fitted behind the muzzle. The barrel is secured to the stock with two wedge keys.

The butt view shows the classic Trade Rifle architecture circa 1830. The patchbox has a distinctive head finial and seems to be a design favored on Trade Rifles by E.K. Tryon. The push button release was likely hidden beneath the toeplate, but appears to be frozen from wood shrinkage. The door is captured slightly open currently. The buttplate is correctly mounted with steel screws. The buttplate has the distinctive crescent shape common to the period.

The brass toeplate is shaped with large square panels with a thin web between them. The patchbox appears to be covering the patchbox release. The thin sheet brass is dented near the center of the thin web, and could be holding the push rod from the patchbox release in position. The brass triggerguard has a well aged patina, with the areas that are frequently handled worn bright. The forend of the rifle is fitted with a brass muzzle cap. The ramrod pipes are shaped from sheet brass with small decorative rings on the ends. Notice the square Kentucky rifle style cheek rest, rather than the oval cheek rest commonly found on other trade and plains rifle of this late flint period. The brass side plate is a classic early 19th century Trade Rifle sideplate found on many Trade Rifles made in Pennsylvania. The buttstock has small brads on the cheek, wrist, heel, and toe that likely mounted coin silver overlays, which have been pried off.

The lock has a circa 1830 era appearance with a rounded tail. Originally flintlock the frizzen, pan, and frizzen spring have been removed and the mounting holes filled. The lock plate has speckled gray brown patina. The tail of the lock plate is stamped with some die stamped designs. The lock plate is stamped Tryon Philada.. Although this lock was originally flintlock, it does not have a half cock notch - which is not unusual on later percussion locks. The wood on the breech as been charred and worn away from repeated cap flash. The single trigger has a considerable amount of for and aft movement in the slot. It does appear forward in the photos, but is easily positioned in the center of the triggerguard.

A example of a 19th century percussion Trade Rifle/Gun from a well documented maker. 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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