Smith New York Union Continentals Rifle
.40 caliber, 36" round barrel. Three-leaf rear barrel sight. Marked on top of the breech P. Smith Buffalo. No markings on the lock. Iron mounted half-stock made of walnut with sling swivels. Stock has a silver escutcheon with inscription engraved Union Continental G. Rumrill 1861 M. Fillmore Comdt. Twelve days after the Civil War started P. Smith was commissioned to make rifles for a local home guard. See: George Moller, American Military Shoulder Arms. 2012: pages 438-441.
Provenance: A.C. Daum
Barrel has most of the original brown finish with dried grease. Lock and hammer have most of the original case colored finish turning to a mottled brown. Buttplate has a mottled brown look with some colors showing through. Triggerguard with nice patina. Stock is excellent, retaining most of the original oiled finish. Overall this rifle is very sharp and crisp with a nice uncleaned appearance. This is an excellent example of a great rarity.