This is a very nice rifle made by Dale
Myers. Haven't found out a lot about Dale on the internet
but I did find a page with pictures of a wonderful copy of a
cased rifle that was made for Ulysses S. Grant.
Click here to see that one.
The rifle offered here came out of the
estate of a gentleman who recently died and his widow is
parting with some of his collection.
The stock is curly maple
with very nice raised carving. The wrist and forearm are
beautifully checkered at 10 lines per inch (3/64" apart)
with silver wire dots centered in each square. (Not easy in
that scale and I know took many hours.) Very small
brass tacks outline the checkered areas. The stock also has
a black horn cheek inlay and nosecap. The toeplate is silver
and has a horn inlay as well.
barrel is straight octagon 18¾" long in .54 caliber.
It sports double silver bands at both ends and decorative
file work midway down. The rifling is square bottomed so is
probably a Douglas or Green Mountain product. The
hardware is brass that has been copied from an original
jaeger rifle and has raised engraving throughout. The
lock is an L&R Classic style with a roller on the frizzen
toe and very well engraved.
The finer details include things like
engraved silver pin escutcheons where even the ends of the
pins are checkered as the center of the flowers. It has a
fancy pierced two leaf rear sight, an ivory blade on the
front sight and the rear sling button is a silver
chrysanthemum. The forward end of the leather sling has a
beautiful engraved double dragon hinge in German silver.
I was very impressed with this gun as
soon as I held it.
Extremely nice solid gun overall with very good
workmanship and tight inletting. The carving and engraving
is well executed. The gun
balances and holds very well. Even with this short of a
barrel, it shoulders very well and my eye is right in line
with the sights.
To have this rifle made today would run
$7000 to $8000.
Weight is 6 lbs 9 ozs. Pull is 14".