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D.H.Hilliard, Cornish, NH 1858 dated percussion target rifle - $895.00

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D.H.Hilliard, Cornish, NH marked percussion target rifle. Made with a rare "Windsor Enfield" lock dated 1858, produced directly across the Connecticut river from Cornish in Vermont, surplus from Robbins & Lawrence's failed attempt to produce a contract of 25,000 complete guns for the British government. Marked on left side of barrel and serial numbered 2403. David Hall Hillard lived from 1805-1877 in Cornish New Hampshire and operated as a gunsmith making percussion rifles from 1842-77. 28-1/2" moderately heavy octagon barrel with turned muzzle of about .42 caliber. Has the original globe front sight and long rear sight with replaced peep block, nicely modeled after other Hilliard rifles we have observed. Barrel and lock have an attractive medium patina with some scattered light pitting. Attractively furnished in German silver with pewter nosecap. Nicely made stock shows light wear and use, possible added finish, piece of wood missing above front of lock, and an age crack on either side of the forearm tip at nosecap. Nice ramrod with cupped bone tip and slotted cleaning end. Mechanically good (half cock is a little weak and can be released), sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.