Maker: J. Harding - Lowell Mass.
40 caliber, 25" barrel with 2 stages, octagonal to round, with an excellent shiney bore. This is a beautiful rifle which has 95-90% original blue, turning plum on the barrel under a flaked protective coating of old varnish and with silvering at the muzzle as well as along the exposed edges. The top left flat is marked "J. Harding/Lowell Mass/Cast Steel". Harding made rifles from 1851-1856. The front sight is mated to both the original elevation adjustable rear sight as well as a period aperture sight, adjustable for both windage and elevation. It is a wonderful looking sight. The lightly figured walnut stock has an added oil finish over a few minor handling marks and it complemented by a pewter forend cap, decorative German silver wedge escutcheons, trigger guard, sideplate, oval stock inlay, engraved butt plate and ornate patchbox. The period ramrod has a worm on the opposite end and is held by a single iron thimble. A single set trigger. This is a very fine New England made target rifle and rates Fine condition. Some people would call this a Buggy Rifle.
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