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SN 6699. Cal 44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl, integral magazine, square back German silver front sight and 900 yd Henry ladder rear sight. Top flat of bbl has crisp 2-line Henry patent date and company address. SN was observed on top flat of bbl between rear sight & receiver, left side of lower tang, under the wood, in top tang channel of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut buttstock with pointed heel brass buttplate that has a trap. Left side of buttstock has a factory sling swivel with pronounced “Henry Bump” below. There is a corresponding sling loop in the left gullet of the bbl. Rnd section of bbl, under the loading sleeve is marked with the assembly number “65” with matching number on rear face of loading sleeve. Right side plate is engraved in period script “Walter Passavant / Pittsburgh, Penna.”. Walter Passavant appears to have been born 1852 in Pittsburgh,PA and died and is buried in Helena, MT. He was the son of William A. Passavant, a Lutheran minister who was a great philanthropist who founded numerous benevolent institutions, hospitals and orphanages throughout the late 19th century. He also founded an academy at Zelienople, PA which later became Thiel College, along with a seminary in Chicago. Rev. Passavant’s influence on American Lutheranism was so profound that this period was referred to as “The Passavant Era”. Walter was the direct descendant of Baron Detmarr Basse (1762-1836) who, in 1802 purchased 10,000 acres in the area now known as Zelienople-Harmony, PA. He planned the town and named it after his eldest daughter “Zelie”. She married Phillippe Louis Passavant in 1807 and immigrated to America that same year. They were the parents of Rev. Dr. William Alfred Passavant, Walter’s father. Very little more could be learned regarding Walter Passavant other than that he married Mary Passavant who died in 1906 in Helena, MT. This rifle is listed by SN on page 82 of The Historic Henry Rifle, Wiley Sword. PROVENANCE: Accompanied by a full genealogical history of the Passavant Family along with assorted supporting documents about the rifle and its provenance.. CONDITION: Very fine, all matching. Bbl & magazine retain 25-30% thinning orig blue, stronger in the gullets and protected areas with the balance a pleasing blue/brown patina showing very light sharp edge wear. Receiver & side plates retain sharp edges showing only light wear with a few, scattered nicks & scratches and overall retain a smooth, even, medium mustard patina. Buttplate is matching patina. Hammer retains about 60% mottled, thin case colors. Lever is a medium brown patina. Buttstock is sound with a very few light nicks & scratches and retains most of its orig factory finish. The stock swivel base retains bright case colors. Mechanics are crisp. Strong, sharp bore with fine pitting. 51262-1 (35,000-60,000) – Lot 1010

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Auction: Firearms - April 2017
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