Thought I would share something with all of you.
After getting elected to the Bored of Directors of our local Historical Society I volunteered to become the Firearms Officer for our museum. There are a number of interesting firearms in the collection but the real gem is a factory engraved Henry rifle. Nobody in the society realised the rarity of this gem and now I'm trying to assemble some background information.
According to the serial number dating service on the www.savage99
website, the rifle was manufactured in 1866 and that is consistent with the configuration. Henry rifles are not included in the Cody museum records. Does anyone know where there might be manufacturer’s information linked to serial numbers similar to what the Cody people do for the later Winchesters?
The engraving is floral with a dog on the left side similar to the bottom rifle here: http://www.leroymerz.com/photo.php?id=5160_0_2_0_M4
There is no indication of any plating. I have found references to the engraver being Samual Hoggson or Hodgson.
The rifle shows that it was a shooter but seems to have been reasonably cared for and shows it years. The museum was started in the 1930’s to display artefacts that had been loosely collected up to then and this was one of those pieces. There is no provenance or donor information. The piece seems to be all original; however there are no cleaning accessories in the stock. It has left mounted sling hardware.
Here is a pic: