North America, United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ca. mid 19th century CE. A handsome example of a Tyron wood and steel percussion rifle with brass fittings! This gun was likely manufactured in the 1840s, specifically as a trade rifle for bartering with Native Americans and for protection on the American frontier. The rifle features a notched steel site and foliate motifs engraved on the lock plate, trigger guard, and patch box. The steel ramrod slides in and out, beneath the barrel. A nice patina covers this rifle! The Tyron company, and later Tyron & Sons, were one of the largest outdoor retailers in the early 1800s and specialized in gun manufacture for hunting and sport. This is a fine weapon as well as a special piece of American history! Size: 53" L (134.6 cm)
Featured in "Great Gunmakers for the Early West," Vol. II (Eastern U.S.), by James Gordon, p. 281.
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection; ex-James Gordon collection, Glorieta, New Mexico, USA
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Makers mark is faint and partly legible.
Front ram rod barrel/holder is completely loose, with separation to some back areas of barrel and bottom steel mount. Two brass appliques are missing. Nicks/abrasions, loosening to areas of brass plates on backstock. Patch box opens, but is stiff. Hammer and trigger mechanism do not work. Gun has not been tested for firing functionality.