Author Topic: Jason L Harris rifle. Unicoi Cty TN  (Read 681 times)

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Jason L Harris rifle. Unicoi Cty TN
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:12:13 PM »
Jason L Harris died  shortly after his release from  prison in Marshall NC. In 1865, Jason made a key to aid a sick friend jailed in the Confederate prison in Marshall, North Carolina. The friend escaped; but Jason was caught, jailed and died after release. Jason was an accomplished locksmith, gunsmith, blacksmith and fiddle maker.
Silver inlay signature.
44.25 inch barrel of 36 cal.

























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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2019, 11:54:19 PM »
 :o :o :o... A rifle by Jason L. Harris, marked exactly like this was sold today by a Pennsylvania auction house,... hammer price was $475,... was in great shape,.. Wonder if any member of this group might be the new lucky owner,...??? ... if so, post photos,.... !!! ... regards,... CCF..... 

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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2019, 01:08:37 AM »
 Iíll get some photos up For ya.  Do you think this ever had a nose cap?
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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2019, 06:24:26 AM »
 :o :o :o... Congrats on this new rifle,... I also had a couple bids in, and am happy that you won her,.. she is a great addition to any collection,... !!... yes, I believe the nosecap is missing, and might actually be an old re-stock, too,.... Regards,... CCF,...

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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2019, 05:08:16 AM »
Interesting gun, thanks for sharing!!

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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2019, 05:52:05 PM »
Really nice firearm, and good detail on Harris's life and times.
That tubular handgrip, and "T-bar" finial on the trigger guard are certainly unique.
Kinda wish the guy had been able to whittle out another key from a bone or something to get himself out.
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Re: Jason L Harris. Unicoi Cty TN
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 07:50:52 PM »
The tubular T bar guard were used by several Unicoi County makers and someone suggested that a local
blacksmith was cranking them out for gunsmiths because they look the same on different makers.  Certainly
a characteristic of that very small area of Tennesee.  I wonder what this stock looked like before the toe
was broken off and the lower buttplate trimmed off and reattached.  It may have looked a bit more like
the rest of the guns from that area with the pointy toe.  Dr. Whisker states that Harris died 3 months after his release
from prison in his Tennessee book.  I'd love to know how this one ended up in Mercer PA. 
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