A rare San Francisco half-stock percussion target rifle by John Bach

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Lot 3259ANTIQUE
A rare San Francisco half-stock percussion target rifle by John Bach
circa 1860

US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£ 3,600 - 5,100
A rare San Francisco half-stock percussion target rifle by John Bach
circa 1860
Heavy 27 inch octagonal barrel with seven groove rifling in .54 caliber. Underside of barrel marked F. Hellinghaus. Brass fore-sight. Top flat marked J. Bach/San Francisco Cal. Unmarked lock. Double set triggers. Iron triggerguard, buttplate and patchbox. Walnut half-stock with checkered wrist, German silver wedge escutcheons and pewter fore-end cap. Brass-tipped ramrod.
Condition: Very good. Barrel with grey/brown patina showing some light pitting. Sound wood with scattered light marks.
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Footnotes

  • Note: John Bach, 1824-1905d., worked 1852-74, San Francisco, California.
    Frederick Hellinghaus worked as a gunmaker in St. Louis, c. 1840-47, before building rifles in San Francisco. See California Percussion Rifles by Steven D. Hughes in the March/April 1990 issue of Man-at-Arms magazine.
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ANTIQUE Antique - pre 1899

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