1861 Manhattan 22 & Period Mouse Guns


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sltm1
March 11, 2010, 12:37 PM
I've refinished a Manhattan 22, and in polishing down the frame I found three plugs pf copper, one round, 2 rectangular. Knowing that copper melts at a much lower temp that steel, it is safe to presume these were added after the casting. These plugs were not to fill modifications in the original design. Was this type of repair on casting flaws typical practice on small caliber guns that were to be plated? In the pic below, the brass is an access port to install/repair the internals.
http://www.fmtc.com/~tfl1x/Manhattan22.jpg

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BHP FAN
March 12, 2010, 03:12 AM
Saweet!I wish you'd taken a ''before'' photo,though,just for comparison....

MCgunner
March 12, 2010, 08:57 AM
Awesome. Didn't know NAA was around in 1861. :D

J/K

sltm1
March 12, 2010, 12:34 PM
BHP Fan, Here's what it looked like when I picked it up off GB
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=155277913

BHP FAN
March 12, 2010, 01:58 PM
amazing job you did there.Usually,I'm for leaving things alone to preserve the originality,but I think you've actually restored it.

azyogi
March 12, 2010, 09:17 PM
Some would say the patina must be preserved, I now have a picture worth a 1000 words to refute that. Nice job sltm1

MCgunner
March 13, 2010, 09:19 AM
Some would say the patina must be preserved, I now have a picture worth a 1000 words to refute that. Nice job sltm1

Those people watch too much "Antiques Road Show" on PBS. :D

goon
March 14, 2010, 03:51 AM
Depends... but he got it for $250 so there apparently isn't much collector value on them. So restoring it didn't do any damage to the price really.
And it does look nice!

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