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SN 1763. Cal. .44 RF Henry. Standard Henry rifle with 24-1/4″ oct bbl that has integral magazine, nickel silver front sight, an iron filler in rear dovetail & with a fixed rear sight in top flat of receiver dovetail. Left sideplate is engraved in period script “D.W. JONES” with small engraved flourishes above & below. Mounted with an uncheckered, straight grain American walnut buttstock with straight grip and crescent buttplate that has round heel & large trap with corresponding large hole in the stock to accommodate a 4-pc hickory wiping rod that would have been included with rifle from the factory (cleaning rod not present). SN is found on top flat of bbl at the receiver, left side of lower tang under the wood, in top tang of buttstock and inside toe of buttplate. All of the tang & buttplate screws are matching numbered to this rifle. Right side of buttstock has a filled sling swivel base recess and right side of bbl & magazine tube is mounted with a sling loop & ring. Round portion of bbl, under loading sleeve, is marked with the assembly number “565”, which number is also found on rear face of loading sleeve. Bbl has the 2-line Henry address in small font. Rifle has several early features including sharp radius on top rear of receiver, small loop lever, slight perch belly stock & round heel on the buttplate. Follower tab is of the larger, later size, however the receiver does not have the relief cut usually found with the larger size tab. Magazine spring is a little rusty and short, but appears to be orig style.

Accompanied by a large packet of information detailing the very brief life and Civil War service of Col. Dudley William Jones. Col. Jones was born in 1840 in Lamar County, TX, the grandson of one of the first settlers of Lamar County who arrived there in 1836. Shortly after his birth, Col. Jones’ family moved to Mt. Pleasant, TX where he received his education from his mother and common schools of the area then attended Maury Institute at Coffeeville. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he returned to Mt. Pleasant and enlisted as a private in the Titus Grays, Company I of Col. William Simm’s 9th Texas Cavalry. The regimental adjutant, named Bell was accused of abolitionism & bigamy and was subsequently hanged by the men of the regiment who then elected Jones First Lieutenant and Adjutant, effective Oct 14, 1861. During the first year of the war, the 9th Texas Cavalry served with Gen. Ben McCulloch’s army of the West Arkansas, Missouri and Indian Territory where they participated in several small fights. After the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern (Pea Ridge) in March 1862, the regiment was transferred to Mississippi. During the reorganization, Jones was elected Colonel and the regiment became part of Lawrence Sullivan Ross’ famed brigade. For the remainder of the war, Jones remained in command of the 9th Texas Cavalry, participating in innumerable major and minor battles & skirmishes with records showing that the regiment participated in over 30 fights. In the final weeks of the war, Jones commanded Ross’ brigade under the famous and daring Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Cavalry Corps. After the war, Col. Jones traveled for about a year before returning to his father’s farm in 1866. That same year, he was elected to the Constitutional Convention of 1866 and was President of the Texas Club. In 1867, he moved to Houston and began the practice of law and was also the editor of the city’s first daily newspaper, The Ku Klux Vidette. Also included in this packet of information are numerous correspondences about the 9th Texas Cavalry, copies of Col. Jones’ muster rolls, reimbursement slips & other records pertaining to his Confederate service. Col. Jones died of yellow fever in Houston in 1868 and was reportedly buried in an unmarked grave. There are numerous Henry rifles inscribed and/or presented to Union soldiers of the Civil War, but very few are known with history documented to Civil War Confederate soldier. CONDITION: Very good to fine, all matching, as noted above. Bbl & magazine tube are a smooth blue/grey patina with scattered light surface spotting. Receiver and sideplates show moderate sharp edge wear with light nicks & scratches and retains a medium mustard patina. Buttplate has matching patina. Receiver has a deep scratch bottom front. Lever & hammer are a dark patina. Stock is sound with the aforementioned filled recess on the right side, with nicks & dings and shows heavy wear with a fine hand worn patina. Mechanics are a little balky but are functional. Strong dark bore showing heavy wear with fine pitting. 52172-1 JR (30,000-50,000) – Lot 1004

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Auction: Firearms - October 2017
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