I am trying to identify a rifle recently acquired. It is a falling block action activated by a thumb hole type lever under the action. The bore appreas to be in the 35 to 38 cal range. It has a 1" diameter octogon barrel, 24" long, and is a breech loading cartridge gun.
On the top of the barrel is the name R or P. LAWRENCE, with a pat date of FEB, 15, 1859. There is a tang target type peep sight, a sliding scale sight on the top of the barrel, and an adjustable, for windage, front sight with a hood. It has a pistol grip and a steel butt plate. There is no serial number.
If anyone could provide any info on this rifle, I would be very appreciative.. I can be reached at 203-484-2667 if anyone has any additional questions. Thanks.