J. Henry & Son 36 Cal Indian Trade or Treaty Rifle
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Category: Antique Rifles - Percussion - Military Rifles - Antique
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Seller: Old West Collectibles
Member Since: 4/11/19
Country: United States
Phone: (573) 310-6323
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Seller: Private Seller
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This J. Henry & Son trade or treaty rifle came out of an estate of an old southeastern family from Klamath County, Oregon. This is a real piece of American history, Circa 1860. The Indians that were in southeast Oregon during this time were the Klamath Indians, the Modoc Indians and the Yahooskins, which were a band of the Paiute Indians. All three tribes were active during the life of this rifle. In 1864 the Klamath Indians signed a treaty with the U.S. government after which these 3 tribes were kept on a reservation in Klamath County, Oregon. J. Henry & Son rifles are the only rifles known for sure to be marked by the U.S. government as a treaty gift. The last one I owned was marked U.S. behind the trigger guard. This one is marked in the exact same place with an M, most likely for the Modoc Indians. Both the J. Henry I owned and this one are 36 caliber. The reason for a 36 caliber was because it was good for hunting but in case of an uprising, would not be as deadly against the U.S. military. And there was a large uprising of the Modoc Indians in the early 1870s when a band of over 100 braves escaped to northern California. When the Modocs were finally defeated they were once again sent back to southeastern Oregon. This J. Henry & Son rifle has a 39-inch barrel and double-set triggers that still work. It is decorated with square-shank brass tacks. There are a few tacks that have old cracks in them and one tack is missing most of the head. The walnut stock has some old handling marks and one small crack on the left side that extends from the base of the barrel to the lock screw, about three-quarters of an inch long. The J. Henry & Son markings are located in the correct places, on the lock and on the barrel. The barrel marking is light but is still legible; the marking on the lock is very good. This is one of the finest historical Native American weapons that I have ever had the privilege of owning.