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Percussion target rifle with scope: inscribed

Object Number: 
1952.432
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Wood, iron
Dimensions: 
barrel length: 35 3/4 in. ( 90.8 cm ) Overall: 52 in. ( 132.1 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: lockplate: "WM. READ & SONS/BOSTON" (possibly a dealer, not a gun manufacturer)
Description: 
Wood and iron percussion Schuetzen rifle; iron furniture with pewter stock tip; scroll engraving on hammer, trigger guard, and tail of lockplate; engraved birds at center of lockplate; stamped mark on lockplate.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this gun was originally donated to the American Museum of Natural History, and was later donated to the New York Historical Society.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Wilton Lloyd-Smith
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group