Antique ARROW ROCK, MO. J. Sites Liege Proofed GALLERY/Parlor Rifle FLOBERT
Boy-Sized Single Shot Carnival Gun
Here we present an antique J. Sites Retailer Marked Belgium Proofed Flobert Style Gallery/Parlor Rifle, made circa the 1880s in Liege, Belgium. This example has pre-1893 Liege proof marks and “J. Sites” stamped on the left side of the stock. John Sites, Jr. opened a gunsmith shop in Arrow Rock in 1844. At the time, Arrow Rock was an important waypoint on the Santa Fe trail, and was poised to serve the same purpose on the Oregon and California trails. Sites guns have been found in several western locations, including California, Oregon, Montana, and New Mexico. John Sites Jr.’s home and gunshop are still in Arrow Rock and are recognized as “Historical Sites” in this small town nestled in central Missouri right on the Missouri River. Sites was born in 1821 and died in 1904. After the American Civil War, he was more of a gunsmith and retailer than a gunmaker.
Gallery rifles were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These would be set up in drinking establishments, at carnivals and even in people’s houses. Most floberts used ammunition that only used the primer as the propellant. These were very low velocity firearms and cartridges, making them relatively safe and quiet.
The overall condition is good. Strong action, although the ejector does not function. The bore is dark, but remains in good shape. This example sports a solid stock with an average amount of wear, dents, and dings. “J. SITES” is marked on the left flat. Liege proofed barrel. The finish has matured into a nice brown patina. Here is your chance to own a unique piece of Missouri history.
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Barrel is 24-1/2 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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