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EXPLORATION AND WAR continued...

PEMBINA AND THE RED RIVER MAILS continued...
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
241 c   [Canada Beaver Stamps used from Red River Settlement via Pembina and the U.S. Mails] buff cover to Ottawa with two singles Canada 1852 3d Red (4), both with large margins all
around, tied by light strike of Pembina, MinApr 27 (1862) datestamp[Canada Beaver Stamps used from Red River Settlement via Pembina and the U.S. Mails] buff cover to Ottawa with two singles Canada 1852 3d Red (#4), both with large margins all around, tied by light strike of "Pembina, Min/Apr 27" (1862) datestamp, with bold strike of postmark repeated at right, blue arced "U. States/10" exchange office handstamp, Prescott transit and "City of Ottawa, U.C./My 19, 1862" arrival backstamps, then forwarded to Almonte with straightline "Forwarded" handstamp and Franktown and Almonte backstamps, extremely fine and handsome; one of only two recorded covers franked by the Canadian 3d "Beaver" stamp on mail originating from the Red River Settlement, a very evocative association cover with the beaver stamp being used from a beaver trapping center; ex-Jarrett, Dr. Chan, Nickle and K.L. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

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242 c   Address via St. Paul & Pembina, Minnesota, U.S.A., printed directive in advertisement for The Nor Wester & Central British American Advertiser on cover to Ottawa with two 3c
Rose (65, corner faults) cancelled by targets, matching Pembina, DakoAddress via St. Paul & Pembina, Minnesota, U.S.A., printed directive in advertisement for The Nor' Wester & Central British American Advertiser on cover to Ottawa with two 3c Rose (#65, corner faults) cancelled by targets, matching "Pembina, Dakota/Nov 10" Dakota Territory datestamp alongside, "Ottawa, C.W./No 21, 68" backstamp, light stain at left, still very fine. (Image) Est. $400-500

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243 c   [New Zealand to Red River Settlement], cover addressed to Red River Settlement originating with New Zealand 1864-71 2d Blue (32) and 1- Pale yellow green (37) and Invercargill,
Southland N.Z.My 26, 69 datestamp, with manuscript United Stat[New Zealand to Red River Settlement], cover addressed to Red River Settlement originating with New Zealand 1864-71 2d Blue (#32) and 1/- Pale yellow green (#37) and "Invercargill, Southland N.Z./My 26, 69" datestamp, with manuscript "United States via Pembina" directive, red crayon "8d" credit to New Zealand, red "London/Paid/13 Au 69" transit, red New York exchange office datestamp and red "2/cents" handstamp for the U.S. charge across the line into Canada, very fine; ex-De Volpe and Forster. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

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244 c   Via St. Paul (Minn.) and Pembina, printed directive on westbound cover to Winnipeg, Manitoba with two Canada 1870 3c Orange red (37, each with tear) tied by Hamilton, C.W.Sp 8,
70 datestamp and target cancel, fine.Via St. Paul (Minn.) and Pembina, printed directive on westbound cover to Winnipeg, Manitoba with two Canada 1870 3c Orange red (#37, each with tear) tied by "Hamilton, C.W./Sp 8, 70" datestamp and target cancel, fine. (Image) Est. $300-400

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245 c   Fort GarryManitoba, December 26, 1874, clear datestamp on yellow cover to Wooster, Ohio with Canada 1872 6c Yellow brown (39) tied by matching four-bar grid, entered the United
States mails with bold Pembina, Dak.Dec 28 datestamp, fresh andFort Garry/Manitoba, December 26, 1874, clear datestamp on yellow cover to Wooster, Ohio with Canada 1872 6c Yellow brown (#39) tied by matching four-bar grid, entered the United States mails with bold "Pembina, Dak./Dec 28" datestamp, fresh and extremely fine.This is the Lower Fort Garry built by the Hudson's Bay Company on the Red River at the present site of the city of Winnipeg. The Post Office was established there in 1870 until 1 May, 1876 when the name was changed to Winnipeg. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

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ARCTIC EXPLORATION
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
246   A Voyage of Discovery, Made under the Orders of the Admiralty...for the Purpose of Exploring Baffins Bay..., Sir John Ross. London, John Murray, 1819. First edition. 4to,
period full calf. With 32 maps and plates, 15 in color. Staining to paA Voyage of Discovery, Made under the Orders of the Admiralty...for the Purpose of Exploring Baffin's Bay..., Sir John Ross. London, John Murray, 1819. First edition. 4to, period full calf. With 32 maps and plates, 15 in color. Staining to pastedowns. Front hinge cracked through but attached, light occasional offsetting and foxing. (Image) Est. $1,500-2,000

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247   Voyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Beerings Straits..., Kotzebue, Otto von. London, Richard Phillips and Co., 1821. 2 parts in 1 vol. 8vo, later half morocco with
marbled boards, gilt spine. With 5 folding charts & 15 plates, 4 of thVoyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Beering's Straits..., Kotzebue, Otto von. London, Richard Phillips and Co., 1821. 2 parts in 1 vol. 8vo, later half morocco with marbled boards, gilt spine. With 5 folding charts & 15 plates, 4 of them hand-colored. Front hinge cracking, covers well rubbed, interior exceptional. (Image) Est. $300-400

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248   Journal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage..., Sir William Edward Parry. London, John Murray, 1824. First edition. 4to, in beautiful modern half calf
with marbled boards, gilt spine. Seven fold-outs (four of them mapJournal of a Second Voyage for the Discovery of a North-West Passage..., Sir William Edward Parry. London, John Murray, 1824. First edition. 4to, in beautiful modern half calf with marbled boards, gilt spine. Seven fold-outs (four of them maps) at rear; very fine. (Image) Est. $500-750

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249   Narrative of a Second voyage in Search of a North-West Passage…, Ross, Sir John. London, A.W. Webster, 1835. First edition. 4to, half leather and cloth, gilt spine, marbled
endpapers. Folding map partly hand-colored, 31 maps and plates, nineNarrative of a Second voyage in Search of a North-West Passage…, Ross, Sir John. London, A.W. Webster, 1835. First edition. 4to, half leather and cloth, gilt spine, marbled endpapers. Folding map partly hand-colored, 31 maps and plates, nine of them hand-colored. With 1935 pen presentation inscription; Risvold labels on title page. Fold-out with closed internal tear, foxing of extremities, well rubbed edges, worn hinges (front hinge repaired). (Image) Est. $500-750

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250   [Books on the Arctic Exploration] A group of books about the arctic exploration performed by the USS Jeanette Includes: Letter from the Secretary of the Navy Transmitting... the Search for the Missing Persons of the Jeannette Expedition.... Lt. G.B. Harber. Washington, [1884]. 8vo, modern half morocco with marbled boards. Lightly toned. The Voyage of the Jeannette. G.W. De Long. Boston, Houghton Miffflin, 1884. Two volumes. 8vo, original illustrated cloth. With 16 plates & 7 maps. Volume II frontis chipped. The Jeannette: and a Complete and Authentic Narrative…of All Voyages…to the North Polar Regions… Perry. Marshalltown, IA, Barnes & Ballou, 1883. 8vo, illustrated red cloth with gilt spine. Half title page apparently removed. Dampstains and puckering of cloth, front hinge cracked. Risvold’s label on pastedown. Est. $300-400

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251 c   [Captain Parrys Arctic exploration and search for the Northwest Passage] July 6, 1824 folded letter with integral address leaf datelined H.M Ship HeclaDavis Strait, between
Baffin Island and Greenland, on Parrys third voyage of exploration t[Captain Parry's Arctic exploration and search for the Northwest Passage] July 6, 1824 folded letter with integral address leaf datelined "H.M Ship Hecla/Davis Strait", between Baffin Island and Greenland, on Parry's third voyage of exploration to the Arctic, this cover was forwarded by C. Martyr, who endorsed it "forwarded by C. Martyr who hopes he is not altogether forgotten by his friends in N.S." (Nova Scotia) and placed in the mails in London, it was struck with red "T.P./Greenwich" two-penny post handstamp and large "2" rate handstamp as well as an "AU/9/1824" datestamp of the London West district, thence on the Falmouth packet Princess Elizabeth on 16 August arriving in Halifax on 21 September, 1824, the cover was rated "Packet/2N7" (2 shillings 7 pence) at upper right before being redirected to Windsor, cover with edge wear, splits, repaired tears and bottom fifth of last page with signature missing, very few letters are in private hands from this expedition; ex-Steinhart.William Parry writes to his friend, Judge Wilkins in Nova Scotia: "...we have not you will say, made any great show in the Geography of the Northern Regions, for the length of time we have been about it. With respect to our main object, the history of a navigable passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the North of the American Continent, we can only as yet be said to have discovered where it is not, which is at least something done, for the pioneering must be done by somebody, and had we left off attempting it at this stage of the business, somebody else, perhaps of another nation, might have stepped in to reap the fruits of our labour and experienced what our absence of success now is, it is difficult to say, for the navigation of these seas is altogether of too precarious a nature to found any calculation upon, but I confess that I am more than usually sanguine, and I can only promise that the Enterprise shall not be abandoned while a hope appears to remain of ultimate complete success. Our present attempt is to be by way of Lancaster Sound and Prince Regents Inlet, from which latter place we hope to penetrate the ice to that part of the Coast of America on which Franklin (Sir John) performed his late navigation on. Arrangements have been made for a ship to come round to Bhering's Strait (Alaska) to meet us with provisions, in case of our succeeding, and requiring a supply to take us onward..."Sir William Edward Parry, the famous British Arctic explorer and Rear Admiral, entered the Royal Navy in 1803 at the age of 13 and served during the Napoleonic Wars. His claim to fame was three voyages to the Canadian Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage in 1819-20, 1821-23 and 1824-25. It was on this last voyage that he wrote this letter while his ships HMS Hecla and Fury were lying in Davis Strait off Disco Island, west coast of Greenland. On a previous voyage, Parry had learned from the Inuit Indians that there was a strait west of Lancaster Sound that leads to the Arctic Ocean, which turned out to be Melville Strait and McClure Strait. But, he only got as far as Melville Island when he became blocked by the ice and the Fury was damaged and had to be abandoned. Taking the crew and what he could stow from the Fury he sailed back to England. Parry made one more voyage in 1827 from Spitzbergen to reach the North Pole, but failed. (Image) Est. $10,000-15,000

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252   [Sir John Franklins 1825 Expedition] Stuck in Lake Winnipeg he reports on the poor progress, Franklin, Sir John, Important Autograph Letter Signed John Franklin, 3 pages, 8vo,
Lake Winnipeg, (Canada) June 2, 1825. To J. Thompson, commissioner[Sir John Franklin's 1825 Expedition] Stuck in Lake Winnipeg he reports on the poor progress, Franklin, Sir John, Important Autograph Letter Signed "John Franklin," 3 pages, 8vo, Lake Winnipeg, (Canada) June 2, 1825. To J. Thompson, commissioner of the Navy, with integral address leaf, he pens:"I avail myself of our being what the Canadian Voyageurs term Degrades or stopped by the wind - to give you an account of our progress...We have been favoured by an unusually early season, which has enabled us to get forward even better than we had anticipated...We have every reason to hope that we may reach our winter quarters in good time so as to make comfortable arrangements before the winter sets in severely. But we must travel expeditiously to effect this. We are now at work daily from 3 AM till sunset, and shall continue these hours...In our advance from Fort William we have followed the route which has been annually pursued by the Fur Traders...You will be surprized perhaps to learn that in the distance of 700 miles there are 54 portages & 30 places of discharge...Accompanied by Dr. (John) Richardson, I am now hastening forward in a Canoe more lightly charged than the others … arrived at Cumberland House during the winter, and I trust they are by this time on the way to Isle a La Crosse at which place I may probably get up with them...I have received accounts that the first division of my stores sent from Canada were taken to the McKenzie River last autumn so that the gentleman who has charge will have plenty of time to get us a snug house built before we come. And what is more important he will be at [Great] Bear Lake sufficiently early to make the Fall Fishing, on the produce of which our subsistence next winter must mainly depend." Some partial splitting at folds.Franklin, Sir John - Arctic explorer (1786-1847); mapped most of the northern coastline of Canada; served under Nelson at Copenhagen and Trafalgar; led expeditions to the Arctic and northern Canada in 1819, 1825, and 1845, the last intended to map the northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean; died in the Canadian archipelago in 1847 after his ships became icebound; a long series of expeditions to determine his party's fate helped solidify his legend in the minds of Britons. The current letter comes from Franklin's 1825 expedition, in which he traveled up the Mackenzie River and then moved westward from its mouth on the northern shore of the North American mainland, while his old colleague, Dr. Richardson, moved to the east, where they mapped what had been terra incognita. With Book: The Northern Coasts of America and Hudsonís Bay Territories. PF Tyler. London, T. Nelson and Sons, 1854. 12mo, modern green cloth with gilt designs, spine, and edges. Engraved frontis, half title, and plates. Gift inscription (1859) on original free endpaper, some foxing. (imagea) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

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253 c   [Peter Dease 1838 Arctic Expedition] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined Great Bear Lake 18 Dec. 1838 from Fort Confidence and carried via Hudsons Bay Company
canoe brigade express in the spring to York Factory on Hudsons Bay,[Peter Dease 1838 Arctic Expedition] folded letter with integral address leaf datelined "Great Bear Lake 18 Dec. 1838" from Fort Confidence and carried via Hudson's Bay Company canoe brigade express in the spring to York Factory on Hudson's Bay, and from there via Hudson's Bay Co. supply ship to England, entered the mails with manuscript "1/4" collect and stepped "Ship Letter/Devonport" backstamp, red London "15 Oc, 1839" backstamp, then forwarded to Forres, very fine.This amazing letter is written by the Arctic explorer Peter Dease, who along with Simpson, built Fort Confidence on the northernmost point on Great Bear Lake inside the Arctic circle as a base for their Arctic explorations in 1837. In the letter to John Stuart at the H.B.C. headquarters in London Dease remarks on his own "difference in my sight which is much impaired," which may have resulted from his "Caledonia Travels," refers to Captain Backs expedition in the Terror and the imminent danger they were in during most of the season. He speaks of his summer expedition which due to severe winter ice and high winds caused much blocking resulting in "pedestrian excursions" to find openings. They finally abandoned hope of proceeding and considered it advisable to return the following summer. (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

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254   [Sir John Franklins 1845 Ill-Fated Arctic Expedition - from the last batch of letters sent] Extremely rare autograph letter with integral address leaf simply addressed with
name, by William Rhoades on Board of her Majesty Discovery Ship Terror,[Sir John Franklin's 1845 Ill-Fated Arctic Expedition - from the last batch of letters sent] Extremely rare autograph letter with integral address leaf simply addressed with name, by William Rhoades "on Board of her Majesty Discovery Ship Terror," 2 ½ pages, 4to, Walefish Islands, Sunday, July 6, 1845. Rhoades writes to his sister, Kate Shingleton:"I have embrace this most favourable oppertunity of writeing these few lines to you...I should say you are Married by this time. Whether you are or not I did not forgett to drink your health on the 21st Last Month as always have Been Given to understand that was to Be your wedding Day...We arrive off these islands last Wendsday but Did not gett into the harbour until Friday Morning for we Could not find the Harbour but my Dear Sister I hope will not feel offended at keeping you on Board of the hulk the day you came to see me off for u Realy could not gett you on Board. If i could I should off been most happy...We have had a verry Ruff Passag but So far we are a goin to Discharge the transport hear in this Harbour and then she Leaves us and makes the best off her way home. We have first got alf of hour way or that is to say alf as far as we shal be able to get this Sumer. We have ad Lotts Broken ice to incounter with some verry large Burgs such as a mile round...Give my kind love to Father and Mother and tell them I will Rite a Letter to them to Morrow...I think you will not hear from me any more untill We arrive home...We are all verry happy in the Ship. We have good officers...and that makes us Comforttable. Affter we have clear the transport we have 3 year stock in."Soiled, with much fold wear, small holes, and a closed tear. The expedition, which sought to complete the exploration of a northwest passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, had left England on May 15, 1845. In July, they stopped at the Walefish Islands off the western coast of Greenland and sent back (as Rhoads writes) the two supply ships that had accompanied the exploration vessels Erebus and Terror. They carried home the last news from the expedition, including the present letter. The last Europeans to see them at all were sailors on whaling vessels in Baffin Bay a few weeks later. The ships became icebound in September 1846. After wintering on King William Island, the survivors (Franklin and 24 others had already died) set south on foot in the spring of 1848. None ever reached civilization. They had died of disease, lead poisoning, scurvy, starvation, and exposure; ex Steinhart . (imagea) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

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255   [Fort Yukon, 1849] Probably the earliest available letter from the Alaskan interior, Murray, Alexander, Autograph Letter Signed Alex. H. Murray, founder of Fort Yukon, a
Hudsons Bay Company trading post just inside the Arctic Circle in Ala[Fort Yukon, 1849] Probably the earliest available letter from the Alaskan interior, Murray, Alexander, Autograph Letter Signed "Alex. H. Murray," founder of Fort Yukon, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post just inside the Arctic Circle in Alaska, 3¼ pages, 4to, "River Youcon, North America" May 20-24, 1849. He writes to his brother James, back in Scotland, in a lengthy letter written in a small, neat hand. Murray despairs of his lack of news and shares some gossip about the Gwich'in, the local Native Alaskans: "The lady of 'Enack-tee-ah' (the old chief, aged about 70) lately gave birth to a son...'Saveeah,' another chief, has just been married to his fourth wife (she young enough to be his granddaughter )and that said four ladies live together in the lodge, in amity and love..." "...If you remained a day you must remain twelve months, as I only make the voyage to the mountains once a year...and the cost of the journey...and the necessary equipments, supplies, and voyaging aparatus, would cost a larger sum than you could conveniently afford .. Owing to the failure of the rabbits (we speak of rabbits here as you would of potatoes in ireland, as they constitute the principal food of the indians during winter) all over the north country the indians have had enough to do to supply their own wants...There have been a few cases of starving but I have heard of no deaths from want occurring in my dominions..."He adds a postscript four days later from "Lapierre House - West side of Rocky Mountains - Artic regions" With more interesting content than we can relate here. With original cover, addressed only with Murray's brother's name and his own initials. This was apparently carried to Scotland by the Company. Someone has added four sketches, two each of two different characters, on the folded-down areas of the covering leaf. Since both brothers had an artistic bent, we cannot say which one is responsible for these doodles. However, the presence of exterior soiling on top of the pencil sketches suggests they are the writer's work. With Book: Journal du Yukon 1847-48 AH Murray; LJ Burpee, ed. Ottawa, Imprimeri Nationale, 1910. 8vo, blank paper wraps with manuscript title. Risvold label on title pate.Murray, Alexander H. - Scottish fur trader, writer, and artist (1819-74); founded Fort Yukon in 1847, what was then Russian America, operating it for the Hudson's Bay Company; forced to close up shop when Alaska was purchased by the United States in 1867; his journals and sketches provide an important record of Native Alaskan culture. The present letter is the earliest known from the interior of Alaska, though Murray refers in it to a previous one he had written. Fort Yukon would not receive a post office until 1898. (imagea) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

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256   Murray, Alexander H., Outstanding Hudsons Bay Company and Franklin Expedition content autograph letter signed by the fur trader, Fort Simpson, McKenzie River (present-day
Northwest Territories), September 29, 1851. He writes his parents, Capt. aMurray, Alexander H., Outstanding Hudson's Bay Company and Franklin Expedition content autograph letter signed by the fur trader, Fort Simpson, McKenzie River (present-day Northwest Territories), September 29, 1851. He writes his parents, Capt. and Mrs. H. Murray in Kilmuir, Scotland. He sends his letter with Dr. John Rae, who has:"just returned from the Artic Sea and starts tomorrow morning for the south on his way to England...I have, by permission, now left that distant country on the River Youcon (see previous lot) and am here with my family all safe and nearly sound. I cannot say that I am entirely free from the pain in my chest, but I am in good health and will never complain so long as it remains so...Dr. Rae...thinks that Mr. (Eden) Colvile, who is Governor of the Northern department, will have no objections to my going south next summer…""It would be folly to send any parcels addressed to this quarter, as they will never, at least for several years afterwards, reach me, should I be sent to the Southern department or to the Columbia (River)... Dr. Rae has been for two seasons exploring the polar seas in search of Sir John Franklin and party. He found and has brought with him some pieces of the wreck of a ship found far north amongst the ice."Extremely Fine. Murray later moved to the sultry climes of the Pembina region, near the present-day borders of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Manitoba. (Image) Est. $1,000-1,500

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257 c   [Arctic voyage of the USS Polaris] October 1871 cover with U.S. Steamship Polaris.C.F. Hall, Commanding. imprint at upper right and manuscript UpernavikGreenland beneath,
signed by him at bottom left, and also Ship Letter in[Arctic voyage of the USS Polaris] October 1871 cover with "U.S. Steamship 'Polaris.'/C.F. Hall, Commanding." imprint at upper right and manuscript "Upernavik/Greenland" beneath, signed by him at bottom left, and also "Ship Letter" in his hand at upper right, carried out of the mails to London, where it was turned over to B.F. Stevens for transmission to New York, with their bold red double oval "United States/Despatch Agent/B.F. Stevens/London/Oct 23 1871" forwarding agents handstamp, fresh and extremely fine.This was Hall's third expedition and the first such authorized by Congress. The Polaris left New London, Ct. on 3 July 1871 and by 29 August the ship was at latitude 82, 11'N, the highest point, at that time, ever attained by any vessel. A month later the Polaris was in winter quarters at Thank God Harbor, Greenland. On Oct. 10th Hall made a sledge journey to cape Brevoort, but after returning on Oct. 24th, he died on Nov. 8th. Recent investigation has shown that he died from arsenic poisoning, posibily supplied by his disgruntled crew. This cover was sent just before his October 10th journey.After Hall's death, the Polaris was caught in the ice and part of the crew became stranded. Eventually those fourteen men were later picked up by the steamer Tigress. The nineteen persons on the ice floe were picked up by the whaler Ravenscraig.Hall, Charles Francis - Famous arctic explorer, first went to the Arctic on the whaler George Henry in 1860. When he reached the Arctic he set out alone and lived for two years among the Eskimos, learning their language and way of life on the polar ice. On the second expedition he learned much about the John Franklin expedition which had been lost fifteen years earlier. (imagea) (Image) Est. $5,000-7,500

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THE INDIAN WARS
Lot Symbol CatNo. Lot Description CV or Estimate
258   [Gun, Pennsylvania flintlock musket] Created by gunsmith Peter Moll of Hellertown, PA, whose name and town are engraved in the top of the barrel. Octagonal 44-inch barrel, with
full-length stock, wooden ramrod. The earliest known gun under his na[Gun, Pennsylvania flintlock musket] Created by gunsmith Peter Moll of Hellertown, PA, whose name and town are engraved in the top of the barrel. Octagonal 44-inch barrel, with full-length stock, wooden ramrod. The earliest known gun under his name alone from Hellertown dates from 1826 and it is believed that by 1870 he had retired from that business, so the present weapon must come from sometime between those dates. The stock is uneven on the right side of the gun, and a few nails may have been replaced, but condition is impressive. With period powder horn. (imageb) (imagec) (imaged) (imagee) (Image) Est. $4,000-5,000

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259   [Gun - Flintlock rifle] A beautiful early 19th-century flintlock rifle by Gilbert of Rochester. Octagonal 38.5-inch barrel, with full-length stock, wooden ramrod. Gilbert
Rochester stamped on top of barrel. With lock-maker J.M. Caswell  Lan[Gun - Flintlock rifle] A beautiful early 19th-century flintlock rifle by Gilbert of Rochester. Octagonal 38.5-inch barrel, with full-length stock, wooden ramrod. "Gilbert / Rochester" stamped on top of barrel. With lock-maker "J.M. Caswell / Lansingburgh" (now part of Troy, NY) stamped on lock plate. With deep rifling grooves on the inside of the barrel. With decorative brass inlays on stock. One decorative heavy brass inlay on the stock opens to reveal a chamber containing the remnants of a wiping cloth. Remarkably, this gun still has a flint in it, secured in the lock with a wedge of leather. Gilbert is listed as a gunsmith in a Rochester directory from 1827. The ramrod is damaged, but the gun itself is in remarkable condition. (imageb) (imagec) (Image) Est. $2,000-3,000

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260   [Rifle - Springfield Model 1873] trapdoor breech-loading rifle. Serial number 417020. Overall length 52, barrel 31.5. With natural field wear, and one (probably later) chip in
stock. Includes bayonet, making it a certainty that this was issued[Rifle - Springfield Model 1873] trapdoor breech-loading rifle. Serial number 417020. Overall length 52", barrel 31.5". With natural field wear, and one (probably later) chip in stock. Includes bayonet, making it a certainty that this was issued to the US Army. (imageb) (imagec) (imaged) (imagee) (imagef) (Image) Est. $500-750

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