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Object Name Rifle, Target
Catalog Number 0985.13.00896
Description Grohnwald target rifle with a large octagonal barrel and ornate chased designs. Believed German manufacture. False muzzle missing. Ramrod appears to be original. Target sights. Double-set triggers. Very ornate engraving and carving on stock and metal. Oiled patch in patch box.
Dimensions L-50.5 inches
Owned J. W. Davies (tentative); William B. Davies
Made C. E. Grohnwald, Germany or Richmond, Virginia, USA
Provenance This target rifle (one of three rifles) came from the collection of William Davies, and was probably originally from the collection of his father, J. W. Davies.

1860 Richmond City Directory lists a gunmaker C. E. Grohnwald at 197 Broad St. Charles E. Grohnwald became QM Sgt., 1st Va. Inf., Co. K; enlisted 4/21/1861; died in Feb. 1862 at 42 years of age.

Rifle possibly imported from Germany prior to war; alternately, could have been made in Richmond by a German immigrant.
People Davies, J. W.
Grohnwald, Charles E. (tentative)
Subjects Firearms