|Percussion curly maple fullstock longrifle by Samuel Morrison, Milton, PA - $750.00|
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Percussion curly maple fullstock longrifle, signed in silver plate on barrel "S. Morrison". Also marked on lock "LONDON WARRANTED BY RICHD PAXSON". Only two matches for "S. Morrison" are listed in Sellers' "American Gunsmiths", one from Illinois in the 1840s, which would seem to be too late, and a Samuel Morrison of Milton, Pennsylvania, 1826-1843, who is listed as having made flintlocks and percussions, some with superposed loads. 38-1/2" octagon barrel. Metal parts have a dark, untouched patina overall. Stock is lacking 4 inlays, has a dark appearance overall, was broken in two places in the forearm and in the wrist, and repaired. There are nicely shaped metal plates on either side of the wrist to reinforce its repair. Set trigger system is very sensitive; in order to cock the hammer, the rear trigger must be pulled back while cocking, then the hammer will hold, and release when a hair's pressure is put on the forward trigger. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.