Okay, this percussion rifle was NOT owned by President Lincoln, but isn't that an interesting likeness of him? We own the only known example!
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|Hiram Berdan, New York, NY|
|wood 4438 metal 3340|
|Lincoln, Abraham 4|
|L: 55.5 in, Barrel length: 39 in, H: 9.25 in|
|Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection|
|Breech-loading percussion rifle. American. circa 1863. unsigned (designed by Hiram Berdan). One of the most unusual firearms to have been made during the Civil War, this rifle's hammer is sculpted into a portrait bust of President Abraham Lincoln. The Cody Firearms Museum's collections boast the only known example.|
|Lincoln Head Hammer, designed by Hiram Berdan|
|.44, 6 groove rifling|
|Book: Liberty and Freedom, A Visual History of America's Founding Ideas; by David Hackett Fischer; Virginia Historical Society; Oxford University Press, New York; 2005; page 307|