H26.214

12.5 in WIDE x 3 in DEEP
(31.75 cm WIDE x 7.62 cm DEEP)
Oakland
Gift of Mrs. Dennis Searles
H26.214

Gold Rush platform 7/81 | Early California Art and History, Science Special Gallery, December 2007 - September 2009

Percussion musket. Used by John W. Searles, pioneer.20-gauge single-shot, muzzle shotgun; the muzzle is eight-sided at the breech, then becomes round; hammer and lockplate are engraved with scrolls, ca. 1850. From the History Information Station Object: Percussion rifle; 20-gauge single-shot, muzzle shotgun; the muzzle is eight-sided at the breech, then becomes round; hammer and lockplate are engraved with scrolls, ca. 1850. History: This rifle belonged to John W. Searles who came around the Horn to California from Tribes Hill, near Albany, New York in 1849. He and his brother Dennis staked two claims in Shasta County, and worked them for several years. During the 1870's the brothers moved to Los Angeles where they had a borax mining operation. (Barry Hopp, 1982) Percussion Shotgun. c. 1850. 20 gauge percussion shotgun. Single shot. Muzzle-loading. 42 1/2" overall. 26 13/16" barrel. 25 1/4" walnut stock with checkered wrist. Iron mountings. The barrel is eight-soded at the breech, turning to sixteen sides and divided by a ribbed band before becoming round. Back action lock. Hammer and lockplate are engraved with floral scrolls. Two German silver bands are inlaid at the barrel breech. Top flat of octaghonal breech marked "Calon & Dimick St. (illegible)." Barrel retained by a sliding key and improvised band. Rib beneath barrel with ramrod ferrule. Second ferrule with pointed finial at forend of stock. Split rear stem trigger guard. Forward tang has three pronged finial, rear tang has rounded finial. (Barry Hopp, 1982) Belonged to John. W Searles who came to California via Cape Horn in 1849. Joined by his brother Dennis, they settled on 160 acres and staked two mining claims at Indian Creek in Shasta County. The brothers later moved to Los Angeles where they began a borax operation in 1873-1874. John Searles was born in Tribeshill, Montgomery County, New York on November 16, 1828 and died October 7, 1897.

Used: John W. Searles

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