Rare Cased Roper Revolving Shotgun with Accessories

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Rare Cased Roper Revolving Shotgun with Accessories
Produced at Hartford, Connecticut, 1869-1876 by the Roper Sporting Arms Company with case and accessories. Matching serial number marked on the barrel, frame, forearm, dust cover, bolt and cartridge carrier. Single bead with sighting groove, with a threaded muzzle and screw-on choke ring. The hinged dust cover on this shotgun is stamped "ROPER SPORTING ARMS CO. / HARTFORD, CONN. / PAT. APR. 10, 1866. JULY 14, 1868". Equipped with a 4-round internal rotary magazine, loaded with special steel cartridges. Cocking the hammer extracts the spent shell and rotates the magazine, with the next round chambering when the trigger is pulled. Blue barrel and casehardened frame, trigger guard, and housing. Smooth straight grip stock with pewter forend cap and steel shotgun butt. Complete with a full length hardwood case, which contains a wooden cleaning rod, James Dixon & Sons brass powder flask with embossed dogs and hunter scene, 8 empty Roper shotgun shell cases, 12 loaded Roper shotgun shells in a wooden shotgun shell block with a Roper paper label, box of Winchester 12 gauge wads, 2 unmarked tins filled with wads, 5 assorted tools, 2 Union Metallic Cartridge Company primer tins (one with primers, the other empty), period leather shotgun shell belt, powder canister, and Leroy Shot & Lead Manufacturing Company bag with shot.
BBL: 28 inch round
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 12
Finish: blue/casehardened
Serial Number: 492
Condition: Fine, with approximately 40% original blue finish, showing a smooth gray patina on the remainder. The housing and frame retain approximately 40% "soft" original case colors mixed with a smooth gray patina. A thin crack is visible on the hinge of the dust cover. The wood is excellent with some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically fine. The case is fine with numerous minor dings and scratches. Overall the accessories are fine or better.