Measurement: Overall length: 48"; barrel length: 32"; Case: 37.75" x 8" x 3"
Material: Best figured walnut, leather covered case, brass upholstery orbs
Condition: Fine original condition; gun and accessories are in wonderful condition,
showing almost no wear.
Additional Information: Full octagonal barrel with false muzzle and bullet starter.
Patent breech. Upper left flat of breech is scalloped - a Nelson Lewis trademark. The
patent breech has an engraved scene of a Stag lying in a field. There are 3 gold barrel
bands on the breech. Barrel markings are engraved in script and read "Nelson Lewis
Maker - Troy N.Y.". The rocky mountain style rear sight has a fancy scalloped and
pierced front finial. The front sight is hooded and has a pointer and barrel gradation
marks for windage adjustment. The half stock is a beautiful, figured walnut featuring
dark contrasting grain.
The trigger is single set; trigger guard has two extensions for fingers. The back-action
lock, tang, trigger plate, trigger guard, toe plate, butt plate, rear rammer pipe, and lock
plate screw escutcheon are all iron, and, except the escutcheon, are all finely engraved
in the quality of L.D. Nimschke. The beautifully engraved patch box is of silver with an
iron lid. The fore end cap is silver. The barrel key escutcheons are gold and engraved.
There are three eight-pointed gold stars inlaid into the right side of the butt stock.
The raised cheek piece displays an inlaid gold leaf that is inscribed "Otis Wright Troy
NY". Otis Wright appears in the Troy New York directories from 1855 to 1857 with no
occupation listed. He appears in 1857 and 1858 as the Superintendent of the
Rensselaer Iron Works. Thereafter he is not listed in Troy. It is likely that the maker,
Nelson Lewis purchased his iron from the Rensselaer Iron Works.
Within the outstanding original leather covered case featuring intricate tooled
sunburst pattern ornamentation are all accessories The case retains its pair of original
leather straps that remain supple.
Included is the original bullet swedge. Serious target shooters cast their own bullets
then forced them into this steel chamber that was the EXACT size of their rifle bore. The
precision swedge is machined from thick heavy steel. One end opens to receive the
cast bullet; a steel dowel is forced in behind the bullet then hammered… the bullet now
conforms to the exact shape of the swedge cavity [bore]. Finally, the small loose dowel
on the other end is tapped releasing the precision finished bullet.
(These swedges were individually made for a specific gun and are not interchangeable
with any other rifle.)