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C1830-50 Vermont percussion muzzleloading rifle by Asa Story, Windsor, VT, partner of Nicanor Kendall - $750.00

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C1830-50 Vermont percussion muzzleloading rifle marked on barrel "A.STORY/W WINDSOR VT". Trade lock marked with Old English "R P". Asa Story is listed as having worked in West Windsor, VT from 1830-1872, including in a firm with Nicanor Kendall from 1835-1838 called "Kendall, Hibbard, & Story". This appears to be Kendall's first partnership, while he later went on to make M1841 US "Mississippi" rifles as Robbins, Kendall, & Lawrence. Gun has the look of an underhammer rifle, except obviously with a back action sidelock. 24" octagon barrel of .38 caliber bore with round turned muzzle. Nicely engraved on various metal parts, interesting triggerguard with reinforced screw hole, oval german silver inlay with engraved four-pointed star. Globe front sight, open rear sight and long, elaborate tang rear sight with sliding elevation adjustment on slots in barrel tang. Metal parts have an untouched patina overall with some expected pitting in the nipple area. Stock also has nice untouched patina and shows only light use with well-defined edges, a small grain crack by the lock screw, and a small crack secured long ago with a nail above the rear of the lock. Stamped neatly behind butt escutcheon is "E.T.HOLT", possibly an old owner. Concealed behind the ramrod is evidence that there was once another ramrod pipe, and hammer is a little loose. Mechanically good, sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.