RARE CIRCA 1840 HEAVY BARREL BIG BORE EDWIN WESSON RIFLE
66.75” overall, 40.75” 20-pound multi-groove 60 caliber round barrel marked “E. WESSON / GRAFTON / MASS / CAST STEEL”. Shrouded front bead sight, adjustable ramp rear sight and later added 9” adjustable peep sight stamped “W. JESSOP & SONS / CAST STEEL”. Double set triggers, back action lock “E. WESSON / GRAFTON / MASS”. Edwin Wesson (1811-1849) was famous American gunmaker well known for precision rifles who died at only 38 years old. His younger brother Daniel (1825-1906) who he taught the gun trade is very famous & much better known for his Volcanic, Henry and Smith & Wesson products. Most Edwin Wesson rifles have false muzzles and were serialized and addressed from Northboro or Hartford. This early Grafton address dates 1831-1840. False muzzle was patented in 1840 and Edwin Wesson owned its rights. Since this rifle was not made with false muzzle and has the earliest Grafton address, this must be among his earliest rifles and it has survived in beautiful complete condition. UNATTACHED ACCESSORIES: biography notes on Edwin Wesson.