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Half Stock PA-KY Long Rifle Signed "J. Border"

.40 caliber. 36" barrel length. SN: NSN. Pennsylvania-Kentucky style long rifle with percussion lock action and fixed notch and blade sights. 8-rifled octagonal barrel has a browned finish, and there are brass and silver accoutrements fixed to stock overall. Fiddleback maple stock has a plain straight grip with cheek rest, and forearm with silver end cap. Fixtures include three oblong silver pieces to both sides of stock, a silver heart shape piece to top of grip, and a patriotic American Eagle medallion to cheek rest. Item also has a brass serpentine style trigger guard and buttplate, with a brass sideplate to left side. Brass patchbox has a triple pierced geometric design with an engraved lid. Lockplate is marked "J. Border" and has fretted engravings. Item has set triggers but action is not functional. Includes ramrod. 

This item was most likely made by John Border of Bedford County, Pennsylvania sometime in the 1840's. Border was known as a gunmaker during the early to mid-era who produced percussion long rifles. He came from a family of gunmakers based in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Gebald Border, began making long rifles sometime around 1769, and his father, William, began making rifles sometime around 1800. John's brother, Daniel, made long rifles from about 1843 after. Border also appears to have several other family members or relatives (Enos, William, and Samuel) who were also involved in gunmaking in Bedford County during the mid to late 19th century. 

Condition:

Fair. Bore appears dark. Item has lost most of finish and barrel has developed a mottled brown-plum patina overall, with light spots of oxidation to mid barrel. There are scratches and pit marks scattered overall. Percussion lock has oxidation. Wood stock has several heavy scratches and losses to left side buttstock and some losses to forearm near key pins. Loss to wood finish around lockplate most likely from corrosive percussion caps. Some denting and discoloration to patchbox. Some mottled discoloration to brass fixtures overall. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$4,200
10/28/2021

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