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A Samuel Hawken signed Plains rifle with original Leman percussion lock and curly maple stock with brass inlays original brass tack decoration; image credit on full record.
The opposite side of the Samuel Hawken signed Plains rifle; image credit on full record.
The tack decorated stock on the Samuel Hawken signed Plains rifle; image credit on full record.
The Samuel Hawken signed barrel; image credit on full record.

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Rifle; Hawken (Samuel), Percussion, Tiger Maple Half-Stock, Plains, Brass Tack.

A signed S. Hawken Kentucky percussion rifle circa 1840 to 1850 with octagonal barrel, original percussion lock, curly [tiger] maple stock with 13 brass inlays, no patchbox. This signed "S. Hawken" curly maple half-stock is a wonderful example of a well-used Indian or trapper's trade gun. It has its original brass tack decoration. This "iconic" signed Plains rifle is a superb example that shows itself to have been a part of this nation's history.

Of special note, the back-action lock is marked "Leman, Lancaster, Pa.". Henry Leman developed a major business in creating firearms and parts for the Great Westward movement. Normally this type of rifle is seen with a walnut or plain maple stock, but the curly maple stock is both tactile and pleasing. Only the two oval barrel keys escutcheons are missing, possibly removed by an Indian owner for other purposes, such as adding ornamentation to another item.

p4A.com note: Samuel Hawken of St. Louis, Missouri. ...[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item D9699708
Category:  firearms & edged weapons    Origin:  Missouri
Type:  long guns    Year:  1840 - 1850

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