ENGRAVED and CARVED EUROPEAN Antique JAEGER Style .61 Cal. Percussion Rifle
With Beautifully Carved Stag on the Underside of the Stock!
Here we present an antique Jaeger Rifle, made circa the early to mid-19th century. What is now recognized as the Jaeger type of rifle goes back to at least the early 17th century. It is characterized by its short overall length, robust octagonal barrel and elaborate carvings on the stock. This made it very handy to carry and load for the forester or hunter where it originated in the Hesse and Bavaria regions of Germany. In fact, the jaeger was very influential in the design of what is now considered the American (Kentucky/Pennsylvania) Long Rifle. This was due to the jaeger’s use by some of the Hessian mercenaries during the American Revolutionary War, as well as the number of German immigrants that congregated in Pennsylvania in the 18th century. In addition, several countries liked the concept of the short jaeger rifle so much that they designed their military long arms after it.
The overall condition is very good. The action functions properly. The set trigger adjustment screw is absent. The bore is dark with visible rifling. On the left side of the barrel a Liege proof can be seen (makers in Liege made barrels for export). The bottom of the buttplate is masterfully carved out resembling the head of a large stag. This example also comes with a small skinning/hunting knife. A really great jaeger rifle from Europe!
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Barrel is 27-3/4 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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