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Item #40760

Contemporary R.O. Whitney Flintlock American Long Rifle

  • Maker: R.O. Whitney
  • Model:
  • Caliber: .45 Caliber

  • Description: NSN, .45 Cal BP, 41 3/8 inch octagon barrel with a bright, excellent bore. This is a 20th century full-stock sporting flintlock rifle marked R.O. Whitney. This fantastic looking rifle is believed to be made by Ross O. Whitney from Roswell, New Mexico. An accomplished shooter he died in 1974 at age 82 making this a probable mid-century creation. In overall excellent condition the barrel of the rifle is toning to an even dark gray patina with a few light handling marks and tiny spots of old light oxidation, a few scattered tiny spots of pinprick pitting and fine speckles of light staining overall. The top flat of the barrel is clearly marked ''R.O. WHITNEY'' midway between the breech and rear sight. The ''R.O. WHITNEY''-marked lockplate is also toning to dark gray and features a decorative step down at the rear. The brass forend cap, thimbles, triggerguard, sideplate, patchbox, buttplate and toeplate have aged to a warm ochre patina with a few small areas of light tarnish overall while the German silver blade front sight is bright. The maple fullstock with carved left side scant cheekpiece shows lovely fiddleback figure its full-length and rates excellent with a very tiny and unobtrusive spot of filler just ahead of the lockplate and a few scattered light handling marks. The forend is decorated with simple carved bordering with floral embellishments at the upper and rear thimbles, while each side of the wrist features a splash of carved loose foliate scroll. The left side of the buttstock displays vine and floral embellishments carved in relief. The door of the foliate-themed patchbox is tricky to lock closed and will require some adjustment and the action will need mechanical attention as the full cock notch is worn and the triggers do not function properly. The original sights are intact, a wooden ramrod is stored below the barrel and a few documents, primarily obituaries, are included about the maker of this beautiful rifle, Ross O. Whitney of New Mexico. Antique