I have had this hanging in my shop for years now. appears to be a very crude break action 22 single shot with brass lined barrel.
The side info is really worn off but I see 1909 and and "& Son" marking. Tiny little thing
Lots of farm guns were just tools. I was working one summer driving tractors for a big feed lot
operation in N. Fla. Ran across a bunch of cows all head in on something. Drove my tractor over and
saw a racoon staggering and falling, foaming at the mouth. YIKES! The cows were stupidly only
a few feet away, curious.
I drove to the house and asked if they had a .22, explained why, was handed a basic bolt gun, no
memory of what, it was just a tool. Shot the coon, got it into a gunny sack without touching it,
and had the dozer operator push me up a small hole and I tossed it in, and he covered it.
Tools. Not like we normally think of guns. Not much different than a tractor or shovel or hammer,to
a lot of folks. No need for fancy, no need for expensive.
Tools for sure. In my milk room hangs an H+R 22 bolt that came out of Dads gun shop. Supposed to be tube fed, but there's no tube and there was no ID on it and no one ever came to claim it. No clue where it came from or why. Might have been a parts gun taken in trade. The stock was off it for many years and section of broom handle taped in place of the barrel so my oldest boy could have a "gun". Later the stock and action were rejoined and it's done duty as a hard to load single shot for the barn. Killed several coons, lots and lots of rats and a cat or 3. It gets some oil on it once a year or so and there's usually a 100ml syringe case over the muzzle to keep the mud daubers out of there. About as basic as you can get.
My Uncle Gustaf lived near Corydon KY on a farm. His back door gun was a Savage or Stevens .22/.410 break action. I think it had a lever on side to open not the model with lever on top like a regular break action. Like you say to them it was a farm tool nothing more.
Second on the Hamilton. I have the same rifle. Came my way 46 years ago, when a girl I was dating and I were standing in her back yard. Her little brother came up and pointed it at us! Her mother said it showed up in the yard and all the kids had been playing with it. She had no idea it was a real rifle and she gave it ti me. It was full of crayons when I got it and had a headspace problem. It functions now, but I don’t have much faith in it. Nice conversation piece.
My maternal grandfathers only gun was a Savage 24 22/410. Had the selector on the side not on the hammer as in the newer versions. I can recall when it was all I could do to cock the hammer! First time I was allowed to use it was after I'd wounded a Red Squirrel with my Daisy Spittin' Image 1894 BB gun. I had it drilled into me pretty good that a real man didn't wound things by then, and I must have been pretty upset because my mom told my dad to let me use the 410 to go kill the Red. Never did find that squirrel which is probably okay because I likely couldn't have cocked the hammer. One of my brothers has the gun now. I found a copy a few years back and picked it up. Still like that old gun.
I had possession of an unusual 22 LR a few years back--a single shot bolt action stamped with "Mauserlein" on its action or barrel. I went down a rabbit hole researching the thing, and learned that the rifle was one of many makes/models of "Knablerbuchsen" popular in Germany and Eastern Europe c. 1900 up to the First World War. Lots of German-speakers in Mom's family, and the "Mauserlein" suffix "lein" means "young" or "small" "Knablerbuchsen" meant "boys/child's rifle". Its owner may still have it, along with a first-year Marlin 39 I am mildly interested in and a S&W Model 586 x 6" from the mid-1980s that I am KEENLY interested in acquiring. I carted the Mauserlein and the Marlin all over a couple Reno Gun Shows a few years ago, and got a few bites on both until I shared the owner's ideas of their value with the usual run of tire-kickers that inhabit such venues.