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SOUTHERN RIFLE
MFG BY
F. H. CLARK
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE

This is a very attractive Southern Rifle made by F. H. Clark of Memphis, Tennessee.  I have seen and possessed a number of deringers by FH Clark but I don't think I have ever seen a half stock rifle by him.  It would seem to be a fairly scarce item.  This rifle is double keyed and in about .44 caliber.  It has a patent breech and open sights.  The barrel has light to moderate pitting around the bolster with the remainder in a very smooth, light patina.  It is completely German silver mounted and very ornately so.  The toe plate, butt plate, trigger guard, patch box and running deer inlay on the left of the butt are all finely engraved, as is the lock and hammer.  The wood is extraordinary.  It has beautifully figured and patterned grain.  The wrist of the stock is finely checkered.  The wedge escutcheons on the left side of the of the stock have two period repairs and the beavertail cheek piece on the left side of the butt is extremely well executed.  An extremely attractive and rare Southern Rifle.  SOLD!!