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William Hawken Full Stock Percussion Conversion Rifle
Percussion conversion made by William Hawken, son of Christian Hawken and brother to Jacob and Samuel Hawken. Barrel marked Lutz on top flat. 39 inch octagonal barrel 7/8" diameter. Double set triggers. Brass furniture including triggerguard and patchbox. German silver federal eagle engraved oval plate inset on left cheekpiece of maple stock. Full-stocked long rifle from the famed Hawken gunmaking family.
William Hawken was the brother that remained in the East while his two brothers Jacob and Samuel went west to St. Louis and began manufacturing the plains rifle that was their stock in trade for many years. William Hawken's shop in Hagerstown closed in 1840, and was taken over by John C. Hawken. William Hawken moved to Williamsport, Maryland, and established another gunsmithing business there. He died in 1885.