SPECTACULAR W. M. LARGE MARKED CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY FLINTLOCK RIFLE
Bbl. 40 1/8″ oct. measuring 7/8″ across flats at muzzle.
Left flat is marked w/ bbl. makers names “W. M. LARGE”. Bill Large was a founding member of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He continued to make his bbls., which were prized for their shooting qualities into the 1980’s. German silver blade front sight w/ fixed V notch rear sight. Unmarked trade lock. Bbl. & lock have an antiqued browned looking finish. Plain trigger. Key fastened full length curly maple stock. Right side of butt has rectangular lid pierced & segmented brass patchbox w/ daisy finial having full coverage engraving featuring Indian portrait & tomahawk. Other brass fittings include trigger guard, crescent buttplate, toeplate, nosecap & engraved sideplate. Extensive finely done vine type relief carving is found on either side of the cheekpiece as well as around the top tang lock & thimble areas. Ramrod channel has full length mouldered borders on both sides. Additional mouldered border is found runs from toeplate to trigger guard area. Hardwood ramrod held by faceted brass thimble & 3 faceted oct. brass pipes.
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