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Interesting 1903 Springfield Magazine Sporting Rifle By Seymour Griffin

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  Lot #23  (Sale Order: 23 of 711)  
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serial #684170, 30-06, 24" barrel with a very good bore showing sharp rifling but with minor frosting within the grooves. The barreled action retains about 98% very nicely restored rust blue. The bottom metal is similar and is beautifully Rudolf Kornbrath engraved with his typical loose foliate scroll on front extension, bow of guard and surrounding a game scene vignette of a grizzly bear on the floorplate. The bow of the guard has the initials "FMH" inlaid in gold. The classic style stock rates very good to very good plus with the overall minor dings and handling marks one would expect from a field-used rifle. The forend is three-quarter-length, typical of Griffin's early stocks, terminating in a nice schnabel. There is a rounded left side cheekpiece with shadow line, bone pistolgrip cap which shows a bit of insect damage and a checkered and lightly engraved trapdoor buttplate giving a 13 3/4" length of pull. The generous grip panels are very nicely checkered and feature mullered borders, the right panel showing a number of tiny over-runs. The forend panels are lovely as well, also with mullered borders, close inspection revealing a tiny overrun here or there. The most interesting part of the rifle is a silver plaque affixed to the right side of the butt which details the rifle's history. It mentions the gun being recovered in Fismes France in August 1918 and being carried by a member of the 111th infantry in the Argonne Forest. When returned to America the rifle was presented by Capt. Charles Johnston, Headquarters 111th infantry to a Mr. F M Hoblitt (Frederick M Hoblitt of New York City was the general manager of sales for the Ajax Rubber Company and connected with other automotive interests) and converted to a sporting rifle in 1919 by Mr. Griffin. Fismes was the scene of horrific fighting in August 1918, the village basically reduced to rubble, American casualties disastrous. Hopefully Mr. Hoblitt was able to put the rifle to good, more peaceful uses afield in the forests of upstate New York or wherever the road took him. Charles Johnston was captain of Company G, 111th Infantry. Overall a lovely early Griffin still in a very fine state of condition with a quite a story to tell, further diligent researcher may turn up the connection between Johnston and Hoblitt. (36650-10) {C&R} [Michael Petrov Collection]

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This item is part of Auction No. 104 - Session 1
 Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 | 10:00 AM  Eastern
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Interesting 1903 Springfield Magazine Sporting Rifle By Seymour Griffin
Interesting 1903 Springfield Magazine Sporting Rifle By Seymour Griffin
Lot number: 23
Seller: Amoskeag Auction Company, Inc.
Event: Auction No. 104 - Session 1
Ends: Saturday, November 22 | 10:00 AM  Eastern

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