Benjamin Bigelow, Marysville California Over & Under Percussion Rifle.

A very fine percussion over-and-under double barreled rifle with two locks and double-set triggers. The rifle has a Kentucky style butt with checkering at the wrist and a crescent shaped butt plate. The mounts are steel. The barrels are rifled .44 caliber. The back action locks are unmarked, but serial number 415 appears both on the breech and the lower barrel. There are several other stamps of unknown meaning also on the lower barrel. There are two ebony ramrods. The top of the barrel is stamped: B. Bigelow. Marysville. Cal. Benjamin Bigelow was a Nova Scotia born gunsmith who operated in Marysville, California from 1860 until his death in 1888. This gun is featured in Mr. Shelton’s California Gunsmiths. Size: 50 ½ inches long overall, with the barrels being 32 ½ inches long. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S $115 plus a 1.5% replacement cost insurance fee. Discounts given on combined lot shipping.

Provenance:The Lawrence Shelton Collection


Condition: Very good plus overall. The locks function extremely well. The barrels are both evenly brown, and the locks retain traces of their case hardening. The stock may have been refinished, and the fit between the stock and the lockplates is not perfect.

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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