Lot 21741861, 3¢ rose, tied by target cancel duplexed with "Detroit, Mich., Mar 7" double circle postmark on cover showing very rare early illustrated advertising design in black on for Cocked & Uncocked Thunderbolt Rifles, Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Biddle.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $750 - 1,000.
ONE OF THE FINEST EARLY GUN ADVERTISING COVER IN EXISTENCE.
The Howard "THUNDERBOLT" was the brainchild of two brothers - Charles and Sebre Howard. Sebre is responsible for the basic design, Patent number 36,779 being registered in his name on October 28, 1862. This original patent describes a breech-loading lever-operated rifle.