Lot #3101

* Extremely scarce Nichols & Child revolving rifle

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Description

Make: Extremely scarce Nichols & Child, Model: revolving rifle, Serial # – Firearms: NSN, Caliber: .36 cal., Barrel Length: 27 1/8", Condition: Excellent, percussion action. This is a fine example of any externally indexing revolving rifle designed and patented in 1838 in a collaborative effort between Rufus Nichols and Edward Childs of Conway Massachusetts. This example has the rare feature of a hinged loading lever mounted below the barrel which is half round and half octagonal. Along with the "Lacy Patchbox" the rifle has three wildlife creatures inletted into the butt stock on the left side. One is located on the cheek rest with two smaller just behind stacked. The butt plate, toe plate, trigger guard and embellished creatures are all German silvered and show only minor light handling for its age. The stock is a fancy bird's eye curly maple with a pronounced drop comb. The cheek rest has a contoured separation line which starts at approximately 0.214" wide and widens to 0.617" before it tapers back off into the stock adding to the beauty of the wood.The cylinder is a 6 shot variation with each chamber having a cone on the front edge. When the cylinder locking lever is lowered on the left side of the frame the cylinder is pushed forward 0.126" and creates a gas seal improving the functionality of the rifle. The hammer is elongated. It is mounted on the right side of the frame and travels upwards and forward approximately 2" from the pivot point to the center of the frame flat top where there is a hole. The hammer drives through the hole striking the percussion cap and firing the rifle. The indexing main arm is located under the hammer with the secondary arm being contained by the cylinder pin. Both arms are connected to each other by a flat curved metal bar retained to each by a screw. The front of the cylinder pin is set into a circular blast shield. This has a cut out in the bottom through which the loading lever plunger can pass. The barrel, frame, cylinder and mechanism are all in the white showing only minor light handling. The flat top of the barrel is dovetailed and fitted with a notch fixed sight and the front of the barrel has a single post. The bore shines very bright with well defined rifling. The wood shows only the smallest of hairlines either side at the very most rear point of the frame with little other handling wear present. This is a fantastic example of a late exposed indexing mechanism Nichols & Child with the desirable loading lever and fancy patchbox. It will be a wonderful addition to an early American revolving rifle collection. All items sold AS IS per terms of the auction. Please read terms. Functionality and completeness unknown. Zettlemoyer Auction Co. is not a retail store. Everything we sell is pre-owned and may contain defects, flaws, and use and handling marks. We try to describe to the best of our ability the condition of the items, however, sometimes flaws are missed. If you have any questions about condition contact us BEFORE BIDDING. All items sell AS IS NO returns or refunds. Bidding in this auction is a legally binding contract.

Model
revolving rifle
Serial # - Firearms
NSN
Caliber
.36 cal.
Barrel Length
27 1/8"
Condition
Excellent