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C1840-60 curly maple fullstock rifle by Samuel Beck, Indianapolis, IN with interesting powder horn inlay - $850.00

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Interesting C1840-60 curly maple fullstock rifle marked "S.BECK" on barrel. Samuel Beck, born 1810, is listed as having operated 1833-1885 in Indianapolis, IN, with his brother Christian. 37-1/2" long, 1" octagon barrel of about .40 caliber bore. This gun has a unique brass powderhorn-shaped inlay in the cheekrest, brass hearts in each side of the wrist, keyhole-shaped brass lock bolt escutcheon, and 6 oval barrel pin escutcheons of silver or german silver. Curly maple stock has an attractive glowing striped and speckled grain, has two small aged cracks in the forearm, one of which has a small replaced chip and a small crack by the lock bolt. The wood has been cleaned with an added finish. Simple brass ovoid patchbox. Nice decoratively burned ramrod. Brass parts were lightly cleaned with come patina remaining, iron parts have dark patina with some expected pitting in the barrel breech area. Mechanically good with set triggers. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.