4 Nice Kentucky Rifles at Affordable Prices
Signed “J Sheets” John Sheets, Staunton, VA ca 1815...Still Available, See Separate Listing
SOLD...Signed “P K” Peter Kuntz, Philadelphia, PA ca 1825...SOLD...
This fine rifle has a beautifully engraved “Liberty Bell” patchbox, many engraved silver inlays, reconverted flintlock original to the rifle, and nice color and surface. 42 inch barrel, 57 ¼ inch overall. SOLD 6/12
SOLD...Signed “N T (or J) * C O * K W” Maker unknown, Washington County, PA ca 1830...SOLD...
Many characteristics point to Western Pennsylvania manufacture, ie. butt stock architecture, “S” stamping on stock between toe plate and trigger guard and along lower edge of fore stock molding, typical sideplate, and clipped corner rectangular fore stock inlays. Superb curly maple with an old undisturbed finish, daisy finial patchbox with initials engraved on lid, unusual iron butt plate, crude forging marks remain on underside of original length barrel (43 inches), and its original lock (though now in flintlock condition). SOLD 9/2012
SOLD...Signed “J M#####ter” John Mewhirter, Chambersburg, Franklin County, PA ca 1815...SOLD...
This extremely fine rifle shows Mewhirter’s artistic ability and excellent craftsmanship. Wonderfully relief carved, beautifully engraved, and professionally restored. Sometime during the 19th century the rear sight was repositioned to the location where John signed the (42 ½ inch) barrel. A portion of the forestock has been restored including 1 ramrod pipe and the fore end cap. It retains an old surface. The lock is an old replacement recently converted to flintlock. Had these changes not occurred I would price the rifle at $25,000. SOLD 6/12