THE BEST OF THE BEST-RELIEF CARVED JOHN ARMSTRONG EMMITSBURG, MARYLAND AWARD WINNING RIFLE.
SN NSN. Maryland’s John Armstrong is considered by most to be one of the foremost artisans of the golden age. Armstrong was the creme de la creme, creating designs emulated by rifle makers everywhere. This rifle has a 41″ full oct . 38 Cal rifled bbl signed “John Armstrong” on a brass plate inlaid into the top facet of bbl. Overall 57″. Butt is 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″. Most of his early rifle bbls were handmade. Large engraved brass 4-pc patchbox has 3 piercings and the door is engraved with Armstrong’s characteristic two crossing vines. Fine grade curly maple stock with pronounced comb is carved behind cheekpiece in a high relief motif of interlacing branches. Large “C” scrolls cross over the tight radiused curves of the smaller bottom scrolls. Area under cheekpiece is elevated and checkered. Carving at front of cheekpiece correlates in design with butt carving. Relief carving extends forward from lock and sideplate in feather like tapered flutes where each feathered area is slightly concave, this is a characteristic Armstrong feature. Rifle is relief carved behind bbl tang with vine like designs carried over from butt carving. Relief carving to rear of rear ramrod pipe is a fleur-de-lis type carving extending rearward about 4″ from the pipe. The entire forstock molding along the ramrod channel is deep and elegantly accomplished. Armstrong’s innovative, stylish rifle features extend from the buttplate to the 2-1/2″ long brass muzzle cap. Large silver oval cheekpiece inlay is engraved with a classic spread eagle with shield surrounded by an engraved border. Long elegant handmade lock is engraved “JA”. Armstrong’s locks had internal mechanisms as precise as a clock’s movement. The outside of the lock has beveled edges, square tail, graceful hammer and fancy hammer screw. Armstrong was born September 5, 1772 in Adams County, PA just north of the Maryland border. He settled in Emmitsburg, Maryland where he practiced his trade. The many features Armstrong brought into being with his meticulous workmanship produced immaculate rifles. As Joe Kindig states in his book, Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in it’s Golden Age, “John Armstrong’s workmanship is magnificent, and his designs are just about perfection. I cannot overemphasize the beauty of his rifles”. This rifle was awarded NRA’s First Place Silver Award at it’s national show in Washington, D.C. in 1962 and won the NRA’s One of Best seven awards in 1967. This is the best of the best. PROVENANCE: Frank Sujansky Collection. CONDITION: Fine. Minor lock pitting and very few scratches and dings from age. The lock does not hold on full cock and needs to be adjusted. Kentucky rifles do not come any finer than this one. 4-49418 RG105 (90,000-150,000) – Lot 2324Click here to view rotating image
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