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Interesting C1850 inlaid halfstock rifle signed by John M. Burns of Columbiana County, Ohio - $950.00

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Interesting C1850 Pittsburgh-area Ohio halfstock rifle. Signed on barrel in an early style script "J.M.Burns". John M. Burns is listed as having been born in 1832 and is shown in the 1850 census in Columbiana County, Ohio, which is located in southeastern Ohio, bordering the Ohio river. 39-1/2" octagon barrel of about 29/32" weight, bore of about .32 caliber. This rifle has many interesting features, including a nicely shaped patchbox that contains some period grease and patch material, a cap box in the cheek rest, a forearm protecting inlay with shell-shaped ends, period brass flash protector around bolster, and several nice geometric inlays. H.Elwell marked back action trade lock. Metal parts have a dark patina overall. Nipple is bent and cap box doesn't stay closed. Curly maple halfstock is broken in the lock area and loose. We have made no attempts to repair. Stock has a nice patina with some handling marks and scratches present, with a crack in the stock toe and one missing inlay in the forearm. Original ramrod is broken off at the upper pipe. Mechanically good with set triggers. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.