.44 R.F. - percussion caliber, 24" octagonal barrel, S/N 17559 . With matching serial numbers throughout. The top flat of the barrel is marked No 44 , along with the serial number. With blade front sight and folding leaf rear sight. The serial number is also marked on the top flat of the frame. The right side of the frame is marked with Ballard's patent, and the left side is marked Merwin & Bray Agts New York . Another patent date is marked on the left side of the hammer. Walnut forearm with casehardened forend tip, and buttstock with casehardened crescent buttplate.
The folding leaf sight is damaged. Aside from that and some small dings in the forearm, this rifle is in nearly new condition throughout.