Lot 335
Pennsylvania Percussion Half Stock Rifle by Charles Flowers
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Harmony, Pennsylvania, second half of the 19th century, approximately .32 caliber, its 37.5 in. octagonal barrel with octagonal bore, the top flat engraved with C. Flowers signature; the carved maple stock hosts brass furniture throughout and two German silver escutcheons to the fore; the lockplate marked JOSEPH GOLCHER and engraved with hunting scenes; double-set triggers; barrel with two fixed sights, a raised aperture sight is placed behind the breech; wooden ramrod is present.

From a private North Carolina collection

Charles Flowers is a listed maker in The Pennsylvania-Kentucky Rifle by Henry J. Kauffman (1960). The author states that Flowers, though born in 1802, did not start making rifles in his own name until the 1860s. The Flowers guns were prized locally to the point that few have entered the national market.

Working action; original metallic surfaces with pleasant old mellow toning to the brass and iron elements; tight, repaired hairlines to the forestock.

$1,000 - 2,000