Joseph P. Smithson      Custom Dan'l Fraser Sidelever Falling Block Rifle    6.5x57R      Engraved by Sam Welch

  Flush-mounted, Full-band, Front Sight Ramp



Engraving and gold inlay in process:


Pendleton Hunting Knife, Engraved by Sam Welch to Match the Rifle

Description: 25 1/2" tapered round barrel with integral ramp front sight, full-band swivel base, full-band quarter rib with recoil lug, 1 standing and 2 folding gold-lined express sights. Highly figured walnut stock by Joseph Smithson with widow's-peaked ebony forend tip, classic point-pattern checkering, double-beaded pancake cheekpiece, steel trapdoor pistol grip cap and buttplate, inletted rear swivel base and vacant gold oval. Dan'l Fraser locking-sidelever falling block action, with every part completely hand made by Joseph Smithson; polished and gold plated internals, serial number 001, with shotgun triggerguard. Engraved by Sam Welch on bright-finished receiver with English rose & scroll---the roses being inlaid in gold. Rust bluing by Don Klein. Zeiss Diavari-Z 1.25 - 4 x 24 T* matte-finish scope on completely custom one-piece-rail button-release claw mount. Pull: 14". Weight: 8lbs, 13oz. Signed by the maker and the engraver on either side of the trigger. In Huey full-length oak and leather trunk case with overcase, engraved accessories and white-handled, tapered-tang Pendleton hunting knife engraved to match the rifle by Sam Welch. Completed in 2002. New condition.

In Joe Smithson's words: "It's great to see my work again years later, that is my baby and without a doubt the most involved project of my career... I made the entire rifle, action, stock and barrel, every pin every screw every spring every part including the scope mounts... from scratch. An undertaking which I shall not attempt again nor do I recommend. All internal parts are highly hand polished and gold plated. I would enjoy seeing and holding it again one-day."

Literature: Pictured, C. Roger Bleile, American Engravers - The 21st Century, p319.

Provenance: Purchased in June, 2011 by Hallowell & Co. from the original owner who had commissioned it from the individual craftsmen.


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