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Harmony Museum Antique Gun Show

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The Harmony Museum’s 10th annual Antique Gun Show, on Saturday, Aug. 9, will include an auction for a percussion rifle attributed to 19th century Harmony gunsmith Charles Flowers.

Show hours in the museum’s Stewart Hall, 218 Mercer St., are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special auction will be held at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with proceeds benefiting museum operations.

Flowers, previously a coal miner, produced fine black powder hunting and target rifles in his Wood Street shop from about 1850 until his death in 1897. Museum representatives believe the recently restored .44 caliber rifle, unsigned, was made early in his career. It has a full-length curly maple stock, back action lock, decorative brass trapdoor patch box, seven German silver inlays including a large compass star, and German silver escutcheons for barrel retention pins.

Auction proceeds will go to the Harmony Museum’s artifacts acquisition fund. Admission to the show is required to participate in the bidding. Those attending are encouraged to bring items for show experts to examine and appraise.

About three dozen specialists will present an array of pre-1898 guns, swords and accoutrements, with an emphasis on items from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. Many are similar to those relied on by the region’s settlers or represent the nation’s development during the 18th and 19th centuries. Most are for sale, although some collectors bring firearms or artifacts of historical significance for display only.

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