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Offline dpw21562

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Anybody Recognize These Initials
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:19:35 PM »
I got this rifle a while ago, inlays missing, fore end in bad shape pieces out, broken, and cracked. I got it presentable but have no idea of it's origin . The previous owner said his uncle had it for a good while, that it had been owned by an Indian in Arkansas . It is a walnut stock, 53 1/4" OAL, barrel is 38" - 15/16 flat to flat, and mikes at .374 weighing in at 11 lb, 12 oz.

Any ideas ? On the lock it looks like two Roman numerals I joined bt an arrow to maybe represent an "H" and the barrel has the letters B J B with dots on each side of the letters.








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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 05:37:15 PM »
I can't see them.  Might want to rub some chalk on it or something. 

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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 05:45:43 PM »
Tried that with no luck, going to take it outside and try

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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 05:51:53 PM »
Initials on a lock seldom indicate maker unless a good sized manufactory.
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2019, 06:26:40 PM »

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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2019, 01:57:29 PM »
"H" on the lock, with the arrow, is the mark of John Briggs Hixson, Antrim, Ohio. See Gunsmiths of Ohio, by Don Hutslar.
By the way, nice old rifle.
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2019, 07:36:16 PM »
Initials seem to be "B H B," or possibly "B A B." While the gun may be from Ohio, with the diamond inlays on forestock and a couple of non-standard inlays in other locations, plus no flange on the rear pipe, it looks like it might have a more southern origin. Shelby Gallien
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2019, 05:33:14 PM »
Just checked with a new magnifier and middle letter is definitely a "J" .

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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2019, 06:58:24 PM »
I see H as well. 
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2019, 07:06:14 PM »
Here is what that lock looks like in better condition and from an Anderson Lamb rifle, so I think southern.





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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2019, 01:29:02 AM »
A couple more with different light and angle


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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2019, 01:37:01 AM »
BJF
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2019, 01:48:02 AM »
Oh I see. BFB it seems to be.
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2019, 02:16:34 AM »
I think it is. BFB now that I look closer.

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Re: Anybody Recognize These Initials
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2019, 12:11:11 AM »
Click on the picture - twice - to see it easily.
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