.32 caliber rifle manufactured by J. Stevens Tools Company. "Favorite" model, patent issued April 17, 1894. Out of the 5 types within the Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms, 9th edition, section on the "Favorite" model only 4 types are comparable to the rifle. This example was most likely a civilian hunting rifle (comment by Robert Graetz, Senior Curator, Museum of Florida History.
Rifle has engraving that reads "J. Stevens A&T CC" on the top of the metal portion of the forearm. Underneath the trigger guard is an engraved number of "98." The steel barrel has noticeable spots of blue coloring and measures 20.5" in length. The proper left side of the barrel is marked with "32 long" most likely measuring the caliber of the gun. The ignition system and trigger are also constructed of steel. The gun buttstockk and forearm are made of walnut per the Flayderman's Guide, and measures 13" in length and at its widest point, measures 4.5". The buttplate seems to be constructed of black hard rubber (from wisnersinc.com). The buttplate is marked with "Stevens Favorite." There are two sites located at the front and back of the barrel. Flayderman's guide states that this type of gun has "duel advantages of take-down and interchangeable barrels."
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|Dimensions||H-1.5 W-4.5 L-36.5 inches|