Le Page, Paris. Extremely rare, mint condition, double-barreled Flintlock Sporting Rifle, ca. 1820 -Price $39,500

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Le Page, Paris. Extremely rare, mint condition, double-barreled Flintlock Sporting Rifle, ca. 1820. Weight: 5 ¼ Lbs. LOP 14”.  Superb 25 ½” barrels are approximately .36 caliber with many deep-V grooves, absolutely brilliant bores, and retaining most of the original brilliant black finish. Interestingly, the right barrel is straight-rifled while the left barrel is twist-rifled at I turn in 25”. Maker’s name inlaid in gold on the top rib. Touch-holes are gold lined. Absolutely peerless quality locks retaining all the original finish inside and out with gold-lined pans showing no evidence of ever having been fired! All iron mounts retain all the hardening colors and the beautifully carved walnut stock, showing a few minor handling marks, retains virtually all the original finish. Markings on the gun include  “No.17” engraved on the breech tang, Makers name on both lock plates, “C. 60” engraved on the side of the right barrel a few inches forward of the breech, and serial number, 2366, and the date, 1820, stamped on the inside of each lock plate. Flintlock double rifles from this era are extremely rare in any condition, however, almost impossible to find one of this quality and in virtually mint, unfired, condition! Museum quality throughout!