Samuel Evans of Cambridge
Samuel Evans of Cambridge.
With thanks to Beth of Amoskeag Auctions, Inc. for permission to post these pics.
The original auction blurb said: ".50 caliber, 29 3/4" part round part octagon barrel separated by a four inch section which is twelve sided and with nicely turned rings at final transition to round. This rifle features a tap action lock with tiller trigger and nicely engraved frame, triggerguard and buttplate tang. Open panel within panoply of arms on left side of action is engraved "S. Evans / Cambridge" which is partially obscured by some pitting. Samuel Evans was active in Cambridge between 1829 and 1839. The barrel retains a pleasing light gray brown patina with good twist pattern remaining. The action is a medium gray patina with some patches of light pitting visible. The checkered straight grip walnut buttstock is checkered at wrist and rates excellent with lots of original finish remaining with good flat top checkering. The left side of stock at action shows a small crack that seems mostly cosmetic. The ball reservoir has a nice raised and knurled ring around its circumference and bears a nice gray brown patina. A very high quality ebony ramrod with German silver fittings is present under barrel. A handsome ball reservoir air rifle."