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    Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000
founder of
 had incised molding along the forend and bottom of the butt and incised carving on the wrist and behind the cheekpiece. The stock is decorated with over twenty engraved silver inlays in a variety of designs and has engraved brass furniture. The rifle is
equipped with double set triggers. The sideplate is inscribed “Samuel Speaker.” The rifle also includes a note in the patchbox indicating it was purchased from Peter Tillou at the Philadelphia Antiques Show in 1997.
There are a few potential Samuel Speakers in records for the period, including Samuel Speaker (1800-1871) and his son (1830-1909) who are both buried in Attica, Ohio, a Samuel Speaker (1830-1915) who was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Kansas in the 1880s, another man by the name (1791-1865) who was from Ohio and later Illinois, and Samuel Chase Speaker (1848-1935) of Jefferson County, Ohio.
CONDITION: Fine with distinct signature and inscription, crisp engraving, attractive aged patinas on the silver and brass, gray and brown patina on the iron, moderate pitting at the breech, and generally otherwise fairly minor overall wear. The stock is very fine and has mostly dark finish and distinct flame figure throughout, some fading and wear around the lock, distinct carving, and minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine.
Provenance: The Peter H. Tillou Collection; Property of a Gentlemen.
maple stock with brass furniture including an ornate patchbox on the right
side which
has a release button in the long toe
plate that extends to the rear of the trigger guard. The stock also
 LOT 3140 B. Homer Marked New England Club Butt Flintlock Fowling Piece - NSN, 72 cal., 47 1/4 inch round bbl., brown finish, walnut stock. This fowling piece or fowler from c. 1760s-1770s has “B-HOMER” on the English style lock. Benjamin Homer (1731-1776) and his son Benjamin Perrott Homer (born 1761) were merchants in Boston per Smith and Bitter in “Historic Pistols: The American Martial Flintlock, 1760-1845.” They note: “A number of New England and upstate New York fowlers are known with B. Homer imported locks.” These long smoothbore hunting guns were popular in the northern colonies during the late colonial era and into the American Revolutionary War and doubled as service weapons for many militiamen. Some where shortened and modified to take bayonets. This gun has had the stock cut back at the muzzle and an interesting long forend cap that is pinned through the barrel loop added, The barrel has a
low rounded brass blade front sight and a groove cut at the breech for a rear sight.
 The furniture is brass, and the buttplate finial is a very attractive stepped spire design. The wrist escutcheon is silver and has the initials “BG” in ornate script. The stock has a nicely shaped “club butt” profile reminiscent of earlier Dutch guns.
CONDITION: Good with a mix of dark patina and applied brown finish on the barrel, mild pitting mainly visible along the stock line, replacement hammer top jaw and recut engraving on the lock, aged patinas on the brass and silver furniture, and moderate overall wear. The refinished stock has spliced repairs visible along the forend, some thin cracks, chips and slivers absent around the lock mortise and barrel tang, and mild scratches and dings. Mechanically fine.
Estimate: 2,500 - 4,000
LOT 3141
Flintlock American Long Rifle - NSN, 40 cal., 43 inch octagon bbl., brown finish, maple stock. The top of the barrel on the breech section has “~J*CO *K W*,” the patchbox lid is inscribed “J*U,” and the left rear German silver inlay on the forend is marked with “WRH.” The barrel is fitted with traditional blade and notch sights. The lock is remarked “LONDON/WARRANTED.” The rifle is equipped with adjustable double set triggers. The furniture is mostly brass aside from the iron buttplate, and there are German silver and silver accents, including a crescent moon on the cheekpiece. CONDITION: Fair as reconverted to flintlock configuration with mostly smooth dark artificial brown patina on the lock and barrel along with moderate pitting, attractive aged patina on the furniture and inlays, and general mild overall wear. The stock is also good and has attractive flame figure, small chips, minor cracks and repairs, and general small scratches and dings. Mechanically needs work. Estimate: 1,300 - 1,900
 LOT 3139
Elaborate Engraved, Silver Inlaid, and Incised Carved J. H. Johnston Signed Percussion American Long Rifle - NSN, 36 cal., 39 1/4 inch octagon bbl.,
brown/bright/silver finish, curly maple stock. John Henry Johnston, his son James Henry, and grandson John A. were all makers of Pennsylvania long rifles. James was the the well known Great Western Gunworks in Pittsburg just after the Civil War. The engraved lock is marked “Henry Parker/Warranted.”
The rifle has blade front and notch rear sights on a browned octagon barrel with “J. H. JOHNSTON” hand signed behind the rear sight. It
is mounted on a full-length figured

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