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TERRA INCOGNITA Fall Western Cowboy, Native American, Sporting, Advertising, Decoy, Gun, Knife, & Photography Auction
01 November 2016, 10:00 CST
Chicago, IL, USALive Auction
Lot 73: ABRAHAM, TACKED "ABE, LINCOLN" "LINCOLN" GUN DERRINGER RIFLE MODEL 1819(360 views)
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Estimate: $50,000 - $150,000
Description: Gun was obtained and has remained in same collection for over 50 years. It came from Eastern Iowa along the Mississippi river in proximity to where Black Hawks war was waged. ABE LINCOLN was in the militia for a handful of months during Black Hawks war. Abe was voted and served as Captain of his unit. History tells of the Lincoln family having three guns in the household while Abe was growing up, a shotgun and 2 rifles. So was this gun Abe Lincoln's gun (16th President of the United States)? There is no way to know for sure, but it has "ABE LINCOLN" TACKED INTO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE GUN, Probably old shoe tacks. See photos of tacked name on underside of gun. This gun appears old & correct in every way and has been in the same collection for over 50 years. According to an article authored by Alexander Rose Tuesday, Sept 15, 2009 in the American Rifleman Lincoln later wrote, "For protection and sustenance, the Lincoln's owned an old smoothbore musket and two rifles" Lincoln later shot a Turkey through a crack in the door". This gun is a fantastic piece of American History. Unfortunately we do not have concrete evidence as this gun being owned by Abe Lincoln (16th President of the US). However the winning bidder does get a signed statement from the past owner that they have owned this gun for over 50 years. When purchased he was not aware what the tacks spelled out ("Abe Lincoln"). It wasn't until a handful of years after owning the gun that He and his wife later confirmed the name. This gun has been looked at by a gun expert and it appears correct in all respects, including the original metal ramrod, flint hammer, patch box, and all other parts of the gun. The tacks that were used to spell Abe Lincoln's name, appear to be early/period brass shoe tacks. It is recommended that any serious buyers interested in this gun, set up a time and see and inspect it in person prior to bidding. Also that you set up any phone bidding early. Last minute requests will not likely be afforded a spot on the phones! Thank you
Provenance: Same collection for 50 years. Iowa close to the Mississippi River.
Artist or Maker: Deringer
Date: 1819 model made 1825
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