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*Scarce John Cookson Boston, Breech loading,

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.58 cal, s/n NSN, BP rifle, brl length 28.125" round barrel, flintlock action, very good condition, John Cookson, Mass. enrolled in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1701. From 1722 to 1726 he acted as company clerk. In 1727 was employed to clean and repair the arms belonging to the Province of Massachusetts Bay. And later opening his own firm manufacturing rifles till 1762 when he died leaving his gunsmith tools to his grandson Samuel and his shop to his grandson John. John Cookson built many rare and unusual rifles including the "Cookson Repeater." This example is a breech loading flintlock having a top mounted hinge with the release located just in front of the trigger inside the guard. The guard itself is of unusual shape with finger form to grasp with ease. Being constructed of iron with partial single line border and finial plate. right side of frame is engraved "John Cookson/Boston" in two lines just below hammer cock. The barrel has two double lines running from back to front along the top of barrel and at the muzzle the barrel has a trumpet flare, being lightly engraved at both breech and muzzle with a small fixed front sight and notch rear. There are two lines of rifling very faint but visible with areas of pitting in the bore. The wood appears maple with a hump back scalloped shadow line straight grip butt stock and forend with scroll tip. The wood has various indentations throughout with a few scuffs all of old age. The forend retention pins have been removed and reinserted from opposite side. The iron butt plate is slightly oversized. All metal surfaces have a gray mottled patina throughout with spot freckling and a few areas of very light flash pitting. There is the slightest amount of loose play in the action. Fine example of a breech loading Cookson rifle.

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 Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 6:00 PM  Eastern
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*Scarce John Cookson Boston, Breech loading,
*Scarce John Cookson Boston, Breech loading,
Lot number: 8
Seller: Zettlemoyer Auction Co., LLC.
Event: Rare & Prototype Antique & Modern Firearms
Ends: Saturday, May 18 | 6:00 PM  Eastern

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