.38RF, 24" octagonal barrel, S/N 12. Blued and case hardened finish, walnut stock and fore-end. Top of barrel marked: BALL & WILLIAMS / Worcester, Mass and left angled flat marked BALLARD'S PATENT / NOV. 5, 1861. Extremely rare and early Ballard rifle with the internal extractor, only a handful were produced (less than 100), all in .38RF with 24" to 28" barrels. One of the rarest and hardest Ballard variations to obtain.
Near Fine. Retains some original blue on the barrel, which shows significant thinning and fading and a pleasant plum brown patina. Case hardened frame has as dull pewter patina with some lightly oxidized mottling. Buttplate and nosecap with more fading and loss. Mechanically functional, fine bright bore. Stock retains most of the varnish but shows some bumps, dings and mars.