Mi'Kmaq Indian Decorated Snider

Antique Item #C1518

Mi'Kmaq Indian Decorated Snider

  • Price: $1,895.00 CAD
  • Licensing Category: Antique
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  • Caliber/Gauge: .577

  • Description:

    An exceptional Mi' Kmaq item.  We are pleased to offer a very uncommon cut down Snider rifle.  This item is very scarce if not rare, considering the carving as found on the same.  A converted 1862 dated Enfield, to Snider MKII two star with its original barrel.  The bore rates at bright very good plus.  The original butt show late 19th Century Micmac carving on both sides.  The right side shows the traditional vine and flower design as used in the traditional beading and embroidery.  For reference see "Elitekey Micmac Material Culture" by Ruth H. Whitehead published by the Nova Scotia Museum. The left side of the butt shows the carved three leaf petal flower and lily.  Above the triggerguard on the flat stock face shows the long shank cross.  This was the traditional Mic Mac cross that later became part of the Grand Council Flag of the Mi'Kmaq with the addtion of the Star and Crescent moon.  The nose cap of the stock shows excellent carving that can be preceived as floral and or animal (two otters facing each other). It might be suggested that this rifle was owned and used by a Mi'Kmaq hunter who cared for and appreciated the same.  The value of the Snider is very little.  It is the Mi'Kmaq carving that accounts for the value of this item. In our multiple years of dealing we have never found  a similar or comparable gun to the piece as offered.