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Over/Under Long Rifle Signed "Golcher"

.40 caliber. 32" over/under barrel length. SN: NSN. Pennsylvania-Kentucky style long rifle with double percussion lock action and fixed notch and brass blade sights. 8-rifled octagonal over/under barrels. Item has a browned metal finish and an English-style walnut stock with plain straight grip and a cheek rest to left side of buttstock. Features double triggers, double cock levers, and ramrods for each barrel. Has an elongated brass buttplate and brass serpentine style trigger guard. There are also several oblong brass fixtures to both sides of buttstock, with an oval shaped patchbox to right side. Markings include encircled "GOLCHER" and a pheasant game scene to both lockplates. Barrels appear to be unsigned. 

This item is suspected to have been made by Joseph Golcher of the Golcher family of locksmiths. According to records, he was an American gunlock maker active in Philadelphia from about 1825-1860 during the late flint/early percussion era. He produced gunlocks for various arms manufacturers, mainly in the eastern United States. The Golcher's were a family of prominent lock makers who emigrated from England to Philadelphia prior to the Revolutionary War. Joseph Golcher's father, John, was alleged to have been an arms contractor working out of Philadelphia area (active approx. 1772-1777), and relative James Golcher (active ? - 1805) even made a long rifle for George Washington that is currently in the Valley Forge Museum. 

Condition:

Fair. Bores appear dark. Most of finish has developed a dark brown/grey patina overall, with pitting. There is a small lass to top of barrel on sharp edge. There is oxidation to percussion cap area. Wood stock has developed a darkened patina mostly to grip, and brass fixtures have a mottled discoloration. Action on top barrel is non-functional but bottom barrel action is functional. Left side lockplate is inverted, and right side lockplate has some spacing between wood-metal fit. 

Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$960
10/28/2021

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