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AN EXTREMELY RARE & EARLY (TYPE I) ORIGINAL “J & S. HAWKEN ST. LOUIS" MADE MOUNTAIN-MAN ERA FULLSTOCK “PLAINS” RIFLE, ca. 1830: In overall very fine+ & untouched condition with smooth iron surfaces, fine brass mounts and a very good American walnut fullfstock of classic early Type I “Hawken’s” form. Key-fastened, heavy, 34", octagonal, .50 caliber rifled barrel with its original “Buckhorn" rear sight and its original hooded front sight with dovetailed base. The top of the breech clearly marked with an original & early “J & S. HAWKEN ST. LOUIS” maker’s marking for the famed St. Louis, Missouri gunsmiths and the purported originators of the American “1/2 Stocked Plains Rifle”. Samuel Hawken and his Brother Jacob had a gunsmith shop in St. Louis, MO. where they made and were best known for their rugged, short-barrel Hunting Rifles, which were used to great effect, by many a Mountain-man and Buffalo Hunter, on the American Western Frontier, during the early to mid-19th Century (Please see N. Flayderman’s: “Guide to American Antique Firearms… and their values”, 9th ed.). Molded and carved, red-brown-colored, straight-grain, American Walnut fullfstock with nicely appointed raised accents around the lock, sidebolt and the Cheek-piece. The carvings of classic Hawken/“Plains Rifle” form with a sturdy wrist and heavy forestock. Of early, Type I, fullstock design—--the form initially used by the “Hawken” brothers, ca. 1830. Complete with its original, three, barrel form, brass ramrod-pipes and the tip of the forestock with its correct brass fore-end cap. Original scroll engraved, unmarked, full-sidelock percussion mechanism with an untouched russet-toned age-patina, en suite with the barrel. Fine lock with smooth and untouched, dark-colored, steel surfaces. Original Percussion hammer and nipple; and in mechanically functional order with fine timing and a strong mainspring. Brass mounts of classic Type I "Hawken Rifle" form, ca. 1830s. A nicely curved, screw-fastened, crescent-type buttplate. A “fowler type“ trigger-guard with a curled rear finger-spur and simple pin-fastened finials. Three barrel-keys and a single Teardrop-form brass sidebolt washer, for the original iron sidebolt. In overall very fine+ untouched condition—-- which is extremely rare for these often Hard-used/abused guns. The barrel with a smooth and evenly toned, gunmetal & brown age patina, its original nipple and a fine bore with distinct rifling. Sharp “Hawken” markings, some expected signs of use and light patches of discoloration. Matching lockplate surfaces with an untouched patina, visible scroll engravings and some scattered discoloration. The stock with 85%+ finish, light handling marks and the expected signs of Frontier usage. Plain Hickory ramrod. An Extremely Rare & Early “J & S. Hawken St. Louis” made Plains Rifle, ca. 1830 w/ impeccable provenance. A Fine & Historic American Firearm usually only seen in Institutional & Museum Collections. Overall length, 50 1/4". For additional information, please see Frank Seller’s: “American Gunsmiths”, Charles L. Hanson, Jr.'s: "The Plains Rifle" & H. Peterson’s: “Pageant of the Gun”.