A percussion bench rifle by William H. Soper
3rd quarter, 19th century
Heavy 33 inch octagonal barrel (diameter 2") in .58 caliber; rebated muzzle; top flat signed W.H. Soper/Rifle/Maker/London/C.W./Cast Steel/Pat. 1854; scroll-engraved breech; extended tang fitted for telescopic sight; with telescopic sight marked M. James/Utica. (now detached) Signed and engraved back action lock. Set triggers, the front trigger missing. Scroll-engraved triggerguard and buttplate. Walnut buttstock with checkered wrist.
Condition: Very good. Metal showing dark age patina. Sharp markings and generally sharp engraving. Sight retaining much blued finish, the attachment screws and rings missing. Sound wood with scattered light marks.
Weight: 32 lbs.