Wm. Britton Rifle

Wm. Britton - Half Right showing fancy pierced brass patchbox.

Shown here is an original rifle attributed to William Britton of Hampshire County, West Virginia.   It is published on page 64 of Gunsmiths of West Virginia by Lambert and Whisker.    This rifle has been re-converted from percussion to flint.   The Maslin lock shown is not original to the gun and is poorly fitted in the lock mortise.  The forearm has been replaced forward of the rear thimble.   Otherwise, everything else appears to be original.  The best features of the rifle are the incised carving in the wrist and buttstock and the engraving of the side plate, toe plate and patchbox.

  • Overall Length:  61″
  • Barrel Length:  46″
  • Caliber: 50
Wm. Britton - Half Left
Wm. Britton - Half Top
Wm. Britton - Half Bottom
Wm. Britton - Lock - a Maslin lock that is obviously a replacement - it doesn't fit the lock mortice.
Wm. Britton - Side Plate
Wm. Britton - Tang - spear shaped with simple incised carving around it.
Wm. Britton - Trigger Guard
Wm. Britton - Toe - showing a rectangular patchbox release button in the toe plate.
Wm. Britton - Patchbox - a fancy, four-piece, pierced brass box with a stylized adelweiss flower in the finial and extensive engraving.
Wm. Britton - Cheek - showing simple incised carving typical of the Winchester, VA area.

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