21. Prussian Model 1865 Needle Gun

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serial #6112, 15mm, 30" barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered areas of frosting and pitting but strong rifling. The receiver and barrel of this 1868 dated rifle have turned a dull brown patina with some light impact marks at top of muzzle and scattered oxidation staining. The brass triggerguard, bands, sling hardware and cleaning rod hardware have turned a mottled yellow patina with scattered oxidation staining. The lower tang has turned a dull gray patina with scattered oxidation staining and the buttplate and bolt remain mostly bright with scattered oxidation staining and light pitting. The walnut stock rates very good with an added varnish, partially faded Imperial cartouches, a 1" chip on left side behind band, scattered smaller chips, dings, scratches and handling marks. The rifle is marked with an issue date of 1868, the left side of the receiver is marked "B.B. Mod 65", the top of the barrel is marked "Stahl" and the left side of the barrel is marked "(Crown)/W". All visible serialized parts are matching, the rear of the cocking piece is marked "B. 10/7. 4" and the top of the buttplate has a unit marking which reads "10. J. E. 135." likely for a Jager unit. The rear sight is loose and moves side to side and there does not appear to be a striker present. A very good example of a hard-to-find and historically important rifle. (207879-420) {ANTIQUE} [Craig Brown Collection] (2000/4000) SOLD FOR $3,450.00

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