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Elaborate and beautiful rifle by Keith Casteel.

The rifle features a 35-inch 50 cal brass barrel by Bill Large, octagon to 16-sided back to octagon with bands at transition. Sights are a rear buckhorn and decorative front with ivory inset.

Lock is a British armory marked 1835 tower musket flintlock. The cock, top jaw and lock plate are all highly engraved with animal/hunting themed inlays. I suspect this lock was chosen for it’s thick plate with hidden frizzen spring –allowing the entire surface to be engraved and inlay brass. The frizzen has been resurfaced. The lock functions very well and fires with the slightest touch of the trigger.

Stock is a nicely figured with both incised and raised carving. Metal to wood finish on the rifle is exceptional. There is wire inlay surrounding the engraved patchbox, as well as on the comb and fore of the long toe plate. The toe has two mother-of-pearl inlays and a very nice finial. Butt plate is engraved, with some discoloration in the brass at the heel. An inlay brass woman’s face adorns the cheek rest and just below is a bit of turned antler that holds a vent pick. The ram rod has a turned antler tip.

This rifle has been fired. There is some discoloration around the vent and a small scratch under the cheek, generally hard to see.

This certainly isn’t for everyone –it is fancy and, although it shoots, it’s for the collector who enjoys firearms as art as well as function and form.
 

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A few more photos. Scratch under the cheek is not very deep and can only be seen when the rifle is inverted.
 

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Mindfull of my above mention if not directly related I once made a very English rifle half stocked late flint in Melbourne with an uncommon pistol hand the wood being Shedua an African wood I happened to have . I took it over to the US and left it with Dixons where it sold
I was at an Eastern R vous I think the following year and the owner sought me out . Im'e thinking what's wrong?. But he wanted to thank me & show the silver wire inlay done after sale by Kieth Casteele .I thought it totally out of keeping with the under stated quality of the rifles style . But the customer is allways right & he clearly delighted with the both of us. so all was well.
Regards Rudyard
 
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Great additional information from Rudyard on the Manton lock used on this rifle. I will say the springs are very stout, and the pan looks like it could hold 10-12 grains of powder. Mr Casteel is known for his engraving and carving skills -critiques are that it is sometimes too much and his guns are more like european guns than what would have been common in the colonies and early 1800's.
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This may not be the right audience for this item. Looks more like an item at a high end auction in Vegas.
There may be a few forum members that have an interest and wherewithal for something like this.
I wanted to start here, but will take the rifle to a few shows over the next few months -beginning with the 18th Century Artisan Show in Lewisburg PA this Saturday. I may or may not find a collector or dealer, or maybe a dealer that will take it on consignment. Last option is auction.
With each step away from private sale, both the buyer and I give a larger chunk of the transaction to a third party (fees, premiums, taxes). Why give 3 to 4K to broker the transaction if it could be avoided...
 
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Elaborate and beautiful rifle by Keith Casteel.

The rifle features a 35-inch 54 cal brass barrel by Bill Large, octagon to 16-sided back to octagon with bands at transition. Sights are a rear buckhorn and decorative front with ivory inset.

Lock is a British armory marked 1835 tower musket flintlock. The cock, top jaw and lock plate are all highly engraved with animal/hunting themed inlays. I suspect this lock was chosen for it’s thick plate with hidden frizzen spring –allowing the entire surface to be engraved and inlay brass. The frizzen has been resurfaced. The lock functions very well and fires with the slightest touch of the trigger.

Stock is a nicely figured with both incised and raised carving. Metal to wood finish on the rifle is exceptional. There is wire inlay surrounding the engraved patchbox, as well as on the comb and fore of the long toe plate. The toe has two mother-of-pearl inlays and a very nice finial. Butt plate is engraved, with some discoloration in the brass at the heel. An inlay brass woman’s face adorns the cheek rest and just below is a bit of turned antler that holds a vent pick. The ram rod has a turned antler tip.

This rifle has been fired. There is some discoloration around the vent and a small scratch under the cheek, generally hard to see.

This certainly isn’t for everyone –it is fancy and, although it shoots, it’s for the collector who enjoys firearms as art as well as function and form. Casteel’s guns don’t often come up for sale, but I believe I have a fair idea of the value of this, and am asking $18,000. Would also consider trades or trades plus cash -my current interests are Bucks county flint, in 50 or 54, or a 62 fowler, A Verner or E Bloom style. Apologies to international friends, but buyers in the USA only.
My God!
 
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