An American full stocked percussion conversion rifle attributed to Samuel Baum
first quarter 19th century
The 31 1/2 inch octagonal barrel with eight-groove rifling in .40 caliber. Brass fore-sight and open rear sight. Top flat signed S.B. and decorated with a series of small oval stamps in front of the rear sight. Engraved lock signed R. Ashmore/Warranted with professional period conversion to percussion. Brass furniture including fore-end cap, ramrod thimbles, faceted triggerguard, rocker-engraved counterplate, buttplate, pierced toe-plate and patchbox, the latter scroll and rocker-engraved with scrolling finial and seven piercings, two in the form of fish. Barrel secured by three brass wedges entering from the left side, the right side fitted with silver demi-lune escutcheons pierced with small circular apertures. Inlays include vacant oval silver wrist escutcheon and engraved oval silver plate above the cheekpiece. Full striped maple full stock, the roman nose butt with short cheekpiece grooved for a nipple pick mount, now missing, and delicately incised with scrollwork fore-and-aft of the cheekpiece. With receipt dated June of 2000 from William H. Guthman.
Condition: Very good. Barrel and lock with smooth, dark brown patina, the barrel slightly shortened during period of use. Patchbox with period repair to lid. Toe-plate missing one inch at buttplate, the buttstock with worn chip at the same area. Wood generally clean with scattered light marks, one deep bruise to left side of wrist and large chip to front of cheekpiece.