An American percussion rifle by H. Groff
second quarter 19th century
The 36 1/4 inch octagonal barrel with eight-groove rifling in .36 caliber; German silver fore-sight, open iron rear sight; underside braised with two ramrod thimbles; breech indistinctly marked H - Groff. Warranted lock by Joseph Manton. Double-set triggers. Brass furniture including ramrod thimble, triggerguard, counterscrew plate, buttplate, toeplate with release button for patchbox and engraved patchbox. Maple half-stock with striped finish and a simplified version of pineapple checkering at wrist. Wrist and cheekpiece with vacant German silver escutcheons.
Condition: Good to very good. Barrel and lock showing patches of spotting/light pitting overall. Bolster fitted with brass shield. Stock shortened during period of use and showing scattered minor marks with some chipping and cracks around lockplate and with brass plate replacing missing piece to right of barrel tang.