Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 141

Price Realized: $ 9,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
"MY CHIEF HUNTING RIFLE FOR THE LAST DOZEN YEARS" ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Autograph Manuscript Signed, working draft of his statement evaluating his favorite hunting rifle, in pencil, with a small graphite drawing. The statement, explaining the advantages and disadvantage of the rifle, and listing about 50 species of game that have fallen before the rifle, including cougar, black lion, moose, caribou, white tail deer, elephant, giraffe, etc. The drawing, sketch of moose antlers and rifle in rack, upper center. Signed in ink, lower right. 1 page, 4to; even toning overall, some brittling with minor loss at upper corners and right edge, few scattered short closed tears repaired verso with tissue, remnants of prior mounting at upper edge verso, folds. (TFC) Np, circa 1915

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"Antlers of moose shot Sept. 19th 1915, with Springfield rifle, no 6000, model 1903. This rifle, now a retired veteran, is not heavy enough for steady use on heavy game; but it is so handy and accurate, has such penetration, and keeps in such good order, that it has been my chief hunting rifle for the last dozen years, on three continents, and has repeatedly killed heavy game. With it I have shot some three hundred head of all kinds . . . ."