North America, United States, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, ca. 1850s CE. A fine muzzle-loading percussion rifle by H.E. Leman, made of wood, steel, and nacre shell inlays (mother of pearl). The gun features a half-stock and octagonal barrel, a wooden ramrod, and a notched sight on the barrel. The maker's mark: "LEMAN LANCTR P.A." is stamped on the lockplate after the hammer. The nacre inlays are crescent shaped, rectangular, and rhomboid. What's more, a circular inlay opposite the lock plate features an engraved hippocamp! The trigger guard and patch box lid are decorated with scrolling foliate motifs, and the stock is adorned with a burnished cross hatch pattern as well. Leman company manufactured many of their guns specifically for trading with Native Americans. The nacre inlays are quite beautiful. A very fine piece! Size: 51" L x 4" W (129.5 cm x 10.2 cm)
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-Jim Gordon collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
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Losses to some shell inlays and stable cracks. Patch box does not open. Trigger does not function. Hammer is stiff. Maker's mark is legible. Steel groove above ramrod is slightly loose and has a hairline fissure running down the length of ramrod groove. Surface abrasions. Nice patina. Gun has not been tested for firing functionality.