A rare engraved American half-stock percussion rifle by Jacob & Samuel Hawken
Lot 401ANTIQUE
A rare engraved American half-stock percussion rifle by Jacob & Samuel Hawken
Sold for US$ 29,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
A rare engraved American half-stock percussion rifle by Jacob & Samuel Hawken A rare engraved American half-stock percussion rifle by Jacob & Samuel Hawken
Lot Details
A rare engraved American half-stock percussion rifle by Jacob & Samuel Hawken
St. Louis, Missouri, 2nd quarter 19th century
Heavy 27 1/2 inch octagonal barrel with seven groove rifling in .55 caliber. Iron blade fore-sight and open rear sight. Top flat marked J & S. Hawken St. Louis. Additional filled dovetail in front of rear sight. Left flat with series of 19 small diamond-shaped stamps. Breech and barrel tang engraved with foliage. Lock engraved with game bird and marked Wolf & Bishop/Warranted. Double-set triggers. Scrolling iron triggerguard engraved with foliage. Iron patchbox hinged on the lower edge and engraved with foliage and figure of a buffalo pawing the ground. Walnut half-stock with low cheekpiece, iron fore-end cap and iron wedge escutcheons.
Condition: Very good. Barrel with grey/brown patina showing sharp markings, scattered minor marks and shortened during period of use. Breech and lock with dark grey patina. Fine wood.
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Footnotes

  • Note: Jacob and Samuel Hawken, both sons of the gunmaker Christian Hawken, worked in St. Louis from 1825-49. They are well-known as the pre-eminent makers and innovators of their period.
    This gun is illustrated in Plates 54 and 55 of Hawken Rifles, The Mountain Man's Choice, by John D. Baird, as an example of the rarely seen engraved Hawken rifle. The author attributes the engraving to Tristam Campbell. He also notes the hammer was modified to facilitate removal from a scabbard.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the stock on the rifle has been replaced.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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