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"BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore !
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This thing must have been amazing in its day...
I got this from my father-in law.. he's 85 and the youngest of 8 ..
The only thing he remembers about this gun is that his Grandfather gave it to him and somewhere down the line ...Somebody traded somebody a load of wood in exchange for this gun....?? LOL

Any Ideas on what it is ??
 

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@joerockhead, if you will edit your post to make pix full we can tell more about it.
Just above pix click on button for full size.
Seems to be a rather unusual gun. If those are stalking safety levers in front of the hammers think rifle.
 

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"BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore !
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Ill take a few more pics with out the zip ties...
The stock is weak and I was trying to keep it together... ( yeah with ZipTies ) lol
 

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By the legend on the barrels it is German made and this was usually applied to arms for export. The studs in front of and below the locks appear to be the remains of 'gravitating safeties'. There would have been a weak return spring with a counter-balancing weight that would swing up to block the hamners when the gun was placed upright for loading. This was a safety feature used by English and Conntinental guns from the late 1820's until mid 1850's. There will be proof marks on the bottom breech end of the barrels that will help narrow down the age. It is a unique wall hanger.
Cherish it as a family heirloom,
Ron
 
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