U.S. Whitney-Laidley style rolling block rifle circa 1871-1881
serial number 18663; .44 rimfire, military style sights, walnut stock, nickel finish, marked "WHITNEYVILLE ARMORY CO. PATENTED, 01.17.65 RE-IS'D JUNE 25, '72, DEC.26, '65, RE-IS'D OCT.1 '67, MAY 15, '66, JULY 16,'72."
overall L50 1/2" barrel L33"
Provenance: Property deaccessioned from the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso to benefit the Museum Collections Fund. (Accession #50.18.4 inked on triggerguard). Brass plaque with State of Texas Inventory #724-16636 screwed into buttplate.
Literature: Flayderman, Norm. FLAYDERMAN'S GUIDE TO ANTIQUE AMERICAN FIREARMS AND THEIR VALUES. 9th ed. Gun Digest Books, 2007. pp.289-90, #5J-062.
Other Notes: Military rifle style but not in a military caliber. Probably a target rifle for "military" style matches.
Excellent bore, action good, on front sling swivel.