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4008
$47,000.00

OUTSTANDING OHIO SHARPSHOOTERS HENRY RIFLE INSCRIBED TO ROBERT STEWART DENNEE.

SN 467. Cal. 44RF. 24-1/2″ bbl with integral tubular magazine. Brass receiver with inscription on left plate. Straight grain American walnut stock. Barrel shows early small two line address with serial number 467 stamped at breech end. Barrel does not have rear sight mounted. Loading collar and forward top of barrel under collar show assembly number 68. Magazine follower is of early small type. Receiver has second sight dovetail into top. 467 is stamped on lower tang under buttstock. No other apparent markings except for inscription as previously noted. Receiver screws are numbered on collars. Stock shows SN stamped on inside of upper tang mortise. Stock is of early pattern with slight perch belly profile. No sling swivels on stock of barrel. Buttplate has serial number stamped on underside of upper tang. Butt screws are numbered on collars to rifle. This historically significant Henry rifle is accompanied by reams of research paperwork regarding Robert Stewart Dennee of Bath, Canada West (presently Ontario), who immigrated to the U.S. before the onset of the Civil War and enlisted on December 10, 1863 in the 7th Independent Ohio Sharpshooters as a private. On February 10, 1864 he accepted a commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the 10th Tennessee Mounted Union Cavalry under Captain J.R. Paxton. Dennee was dishonorably dismissed from service on August 24, 1864 for conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline. After the war, Robert Dennee moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and became a lawyer. He died on February 3, 1905. Our consignor purchased this rifle directly from Tommy Rholes prior to his passing. CONDITION: Very fine overall with barrel finish having turned a pleasant uncleaned plum patina with only high point wear and a few small dents and scratches near the joint between the collar and barrel. Barrel markings are sharp and crisp, assembly numbers sharp and distinct. Early front sight is very fine. Bore is lightly frosted with strong rifling. Receiver is a wonderful uncleaned mustard brown patina, with only light scratched and handling marks overall. There are some small scratches around the lever screw. inscription is sharp and clear. There exists a small gap in front of left sideplate that possibly happened when it was removed for engraving. Serial number is sharp and clear. Hammer is a dark chocolate brown patina with sharp checkering. Lever is a matching patina with very slight traces of case color around hinge point. Stock is superb and retain most all varnish finish with some small dents and scratches overall. Buttplate is a mellow mustard-brown patina with no roughness and only a few scratches at heel and toe. All screws are excellent with sharp and clear markings. A rare opportunity to obtain probably the finest known Ohio Sharpshooters Henry rifle from the War Between the States. 50695-2 (45,000-75,000) – Lot 4008

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Auction: Firearms - October 2016
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