*RARE LYNTON-McKENZIE ENGRAVED JOHN MADOLE CUSTOM BUILT MODEL 1877 SHARPS RIFLE. Cal. 45-100. SN 1. Spectacular rifle, completely built by hand, by master gun maker, John Madole of Jamestown, KY, and signed on top of bbl. It has a 33-7/8” rnd bbl with Rigby flat at breech end. It has a custom windgage globe front sight, no provision for a rear bbl sight and has a long range vernier tang sight with 6-1/4” staff. Mounted with extremely fine, highly figured, streaky French walnut with rnd checkered forearm, ebony tip & pistol grip stock with black insert serpentine bottom & shadow cheekpiece, 13-3/4” over an engraved, smooth steel buttplate. There is a custom built Creedmore base inletted into top of stock at heel. Receiver is very beautifully engraved in foliate arabesque patterns with a pointed arch border around front edge, a flower blossom on left side of lever pin screw & beautiful details on screw heads. Rigby bbl flat, top tang, lever, bottom tang, both sight bases & buttplate are all engraved to match and finished in bright metal. Breech block is case hardened. Trigger is very nicely finished with an ornate hook on back edge. Serial number is engraved on bottom left edge of receiver. Frank Sellers, noted Sharps authority, stated that this rifle is nearly perfect except that lever hinge pin radius extends a little too far below receiver & forearm is not quite right shape. He stated that he is very impressed with workmanship. It should be noted that the checkering & wood to metal fit is of the highest quality. Accompanied by a fabulous Huey oak & leather case, #459, with gray chamois lining, French fitted for rifle, three turn screws with engraved, gold plated ferrules, a wood handle cleaning rod with engraved, gold plated ferrule, an engraved, gold plated, metal patchbox with turned, decorative walnut top & engraved, gold plated knob. It also has a gold plated, rnd oil bottle with engraved top & knob and has six covered compartments with engraved, gold plated knobs. One of compartments contains a spirit level clip for front sight. Another compartment contains six dummy 45-100 cartridges. Inside lid is a custom black leather label embossed in gold, “JOHN MADOLE / GUNMAKER / JAMESTOWN KY / JAMES CORPE – STOCKER / LINTON McKENZIE – ENGRAVER / STEPHEN ALEXANDER – ACCESSORIES”. CONDITION: Exceedingly fine, unfired. Retains all of its fantastic custom finish to both metal & wood. There are no discernible flaws beyond one or two tiny marks in stock finish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. Case & cover are equally new. 4-58950 JR340 (25,000-35,000)
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