John J. Hayes Historical Collectibles

 
Kentucky Rifle-'Thomas Allisson'
Kentucky Rifle-'Thomas Allisson'
This unique rifle just came out of the original family where it's been since before the Civil War. It was the personal rifle of Sgt.James McDonald Mitchell  of the 140th Pa. Vols. and will come with his Civil War canteen. He was killed in May of 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House. It will come with a affidavit of provenance from the man who acquired the rifle and canteen from the original family. Also a ownership chronology from the last descendant(who sold the rifle & canteen) back to James Mitchell McDonald all 5 generations.  The rifle was made by Thomas Allisson , Beaver County , Pa.. The barrel name is mostly gone but you can still make out the T and A.  Also the distance between the letters is correct.   I've included in my photo's a copy of one of his rifles from "Kentucky Rifle Patchbox's and Barrel Marks" by Roy Chandler . You can see that the patchbox's are identical and the barrel address is the same as the one pictured in the book. The barrel is .38 cal. and 40 1/2" long. The double set triggers also work very well. There are minor period repairs over all..  The rifle  overall has a wonderful untouched dark patina. Obviously, this rifle was left at home when he went off to war.
 To me the best part of the rifle is the patchbox with the name " The Lady of Ohio ". I don't know if this refers to a Riverboat or just a pet name he gave his rifle. But it's certainly neat and will require further reseach.  
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