A Fine English/American Half Stock Flintlock Rifle Converted to percussion made by W & G CHANCE, Birmingham
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A Fine High Quality English/American Half Stock Flintlock Rifle made by "W & G CHANCE, BIRMINGHAM", circa. 1790-1820, converted to percussion, circa. 1840's-1850's. 30.5", .577 caliber octagon steel rifled barrel (retaining generous amounts of original brown striping finish). The lock has high quality decorative engraving and is maker marked "W & G. CHANCE, BIRMINGM". All steel furniture includes a engraved trigger guard, butt plate and, a patch box with push button release (retaining approx. 40% original blue finish). The stock has a 4" stress crack along the upper right edge of the fore-end, a horn fore-end cap, otherwise solid with a beautiful varnish, light scratches and dings from years of handling. A beautiful condition rifle in good mechanical working order.
Note; W. Chance (William) was a Merchant in Birmingham (1777-1780). He and his son (William 2) were Merchants to America to the fur trade in the early 19th century.
Ref. p. 69 GUNMAKERS OF LONDON 1350-1850, BY Howard L. Blackmore., c. 1986.