Single Shot Percussion Lock Gun Attributed To Henry Harrington, Southbridge, Massachusetts

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Single Shot Percussion Lock Gun Attributed To Henry Harrington, Southbridge, Massachusetts

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Title:  

Single Shot Percussion Lock Gun Attributed To Henry Harrington, Southbridge, Massachusetts
Date:
circa 1835-1845
Creator:
Attributed to Henry Harrington, Southbridge, Massachusetts

Content Description: 

Single shot and percussion lock, unmarked, but follows very clearly the typical pattern of Harrington guns with lockwork about like a pepperbox. Stocked with figured American walnut, in 3 pieces of wood; repairs possibly made by the original stockmaker. Barrel group wound in round wire, possibly German silver, now oxidized. High aperture rear sight, which adjusts, suggesting that it was a target rifle. Extremely unorthodox method of firing: Has a smooth bore of about .75 calibre and a solid rod permanently fixed down the access of the bore. The rifling is deeply cut on the outside of this rod and the gun fires a tubular bullet cast in a special mold with the rifling pre-cast on the inside of the bullet.

Physical Description: 

Iron/steel; German silver and brass; wood: figured walnut. Length - 30 1/2"; Barrel length - 14 3/8".

Location:
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road,Massachusetts,Sturbridge,01566
Identifier:
49.2.98
credits:
Collection of Old Sturbridge Village

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