This is a uniquely carved rifle which is not really
anything I have seen on an original rifle but it kind of grows on
you. The forend carving actually gives a good grip when sighting the
gun. The carving is high enough that rasping it off and refinishing
could be an option.
The wood is a nice piece of curly maple with a
light stain and hand rubbed finish. The barrel is unmarked as to the
maker. It is 36" long and ⅞" across the
flats in .40 caliber with a hook breech system held by the 2 wedges.
It is marked "Leo Edester
1982 #6" which is the maker. The bore is excellent with
good rifling and no rust or pitting. The lock is a small Siler
percussion and could be converted to flintlock easily. The double
set triggers are not marked. They will fire in the set or unset
position. The rear sight was moved forward at some time in the past
and a brass inset put in the old dovetail. The forend cap is made
from sheet German silver and pinned in place. The barrel and lock
have been browned and the entire gun has a nice natural patina to it
The gun holds
well and the balance point is at the forward hand. Nice gun at a
Weight is 9 lbs. 4 ozs. Pull is 14½"