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     German Percussion Half-Stock Target Rifle by Rieger of Munich with False Muzzle - Serial no. 3853, 38 cal., 28 inch octagon bbl., brown/casehardened/ gold/silver finish, walnut stock. This c. 1850s rifle from Johann Rieger of Munich has elaborate scroll, floral, and relief chiseled game panel scenes with silver and gold inlays. The designs include wolves and prey animals on the lock, a stag on the patch box, a wolf or fox on the upper tang, a roe stag on the trigger guard finial, and a dog and boar on the side plate. The figured walnut stock has finely relief carved interlaced scroll designs on the forend tip and
wrist, a scroll pattern wood trigger guard, a large cheek rest, and a highly detailed scene of a reposed
doe on the left side of the butt. The rifle also has a false muzzle, small post front sight on a ramp, notch rear
sight with long finial with ornate pierced designs, peep sight on an integral base on the upper tang, “Rieger in Munchen” in silver inlay on top of the barrel, silver inlaid geometric and meander designs on the breech,”3853” on the heel of the buttplate and a leather sling attached to the swivels on the rear ramrod pipe and bottom of the butt. CONDITION: Fine with crisp engraving, most of the bright original gold remaining, attractive aged patina on the silver inlays, light original
brown finish and twist patterns visible along the barrel, mostly smooth gray and brown patina throughout the metal, some light oxidation, and mild overall wear. the stock is also fine and has crisp carving, some minor cracks and repairs mainly due to the figure and grain of the wood, and general mild dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. Provenance: The Tom Lewis Collection. Estimate: 6,000 - 9,000
with original brass-mounted ramrod with worm retained by
three ramrod pipes beneath the barrels. The underside of the barrels with maker’s mark of Sauer of Suhl. Casehardened standing breeches with long top strap and side locks each signed ‘’ONION & WHEELOCK’’
behind the hammer, the left lock with a silver inlaid fox and the right plate with a silver inlaid running stag, the hammers each of dolphin form with silver inlaid eyes. Furniture including casehardened trigger
guard with a silver inlaid figure of a hunter armed with a percussion gun raising his hat on the bow. The standing breech, locks, hammers and furniture each engraved with scrollwork bordered by silver inlaid lines. Finely figured walnut straight hand half-stock
with checkered grip and forearm, the underside of the butt with blank shield shaped silver initial escutcheon. With modern lined and fitted wooden case.
CONDITION: With very fine pattern twist barrels with a bright silver colored finish. Unusually for etched twist barrels these have not been polished smooth and retain a pleasing texture. There is a very small amount of loss to the gold inlaid rib marking. The breeches retain 85% original strong casehardened finish. The casehardened finish on the standing breeches, locks and furniture is age faded, the engraving remains crisp throughout with clear detailing to the silver inlaid ornament. The stock has scattered minor age related storage and handling marks, the checkering is crisp with a short old chip to the right edge of the forearm. Mechanically excellent. Provenance: The Malcolm King Collection.
      LOT 209
Relief Carved, Relief Chiseled, Gold and Silver Inlaid
 LOT 210
Very Fine & Rare Gold & Silver Inlaid Engraved American 12 Gauge l Percussion Shotgun By Onion & Wheelock with Etched Twist Barrels, - Serial
Double Barre
no. 11966, 12 Bore gauge, 30 1/2 inch solid rib bbl., etched grey/casehardened finish, walnut stock. Circa 1870. With finely etched twist barrels inlaid ‘’WROUGHT FINE SILVER TWIST’’ in gold on the rib, single gold-inlaid line at the breech, and bead front sight. Casehardened breeches each with pierced plug, engraved with a decorative panel on the rib between, and
    Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 213

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