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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
Untouched C1840-60 "Poor Boy" Tennessee mountain rifle with "grease hole" in stock - $1050.00

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Untouched C1840-60 "Poor Boy" Tennessee mountain rifle. 43-1/2" long 15/16" to 1" weight octagon barrel of about .38 caliber bore. Classic southern styling with long iron barrel tang and "grease hole" in right side of butt. Unmarked except for an unknown "J. S." marking on top of barrel. Metal parts have untouched dark patina overall with old, uncleaned rust on iron parts. Triggerguard has an old crack with added screw at rear. Top of buttplate has an interesting casting void. Curly maple halfstock has an earlier style contour to the butt with incised carving borders at top and bottom of each side of the butt. Stock has an untouched patina with numerous minor marks from years of use. There is a small piece missing at top of forearm near tip on each side, and a small piece of wood missing from above the front of the lock. The stock must have been broken in the lock area, as evidenced by the nicely formed pieces of sheet brass repairing it, which are attached with what looks to be handmade nails. Interesting blacksmith made hammer on early trade lock. Mechanically good with set triggers. Sold as a collector item only, not warranted safe to shoot.