KENTUCKY RIFLES AT AFFORDABLE PRICESThe rifles on this page are affordably priced for beginning collectors, decorators, material culture historians, or interested individuals seeking a representative example. The rifles may be plain, decorative but poorly or highly restored, or in need of restoration. They will be original Kentucky rifles (not reproductions) with some investment potential.
For beginning collectors, these rifles represent an entry level item at a modest investment. For many the first step in generating interest is owning and handling an object rather than viewing images. These rifles are perfect for those individuals. Email me for additional photos of each rifle. Feel free to make serious offers!
Signed "J Sees" Jacob Sees, Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, PA ca 1800
Jacob Sees worked in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster Conty until his death in 1812. Most of his rifles are plain and those that are decorative follow the traditional design charcteristics of the Lancaster School. However, this rifle, though exhibiting classic Lancaster architecture, deviates from the usual by his use of silver and brass wire inlay. And the design created by the wire deviates from the usual "C" scroll composition of the area. Jacob used both silver and brass wire in a effort to highlight his skill. The less curvilinear lines of the decoration used slightly thicker silver wire, whereas the scroll terminations were of thinner brass wire.
The rifle is wonderfully light and slender incorporating an octagon to round smoothbore barrel 45 inches long; it's original length. John Hagy, an extremely talented gunsmith working about 15 miles from Sees, used the same patch box design as well as sideplate, and architecture during the same time period. Condition is excellent with only minor amounts of wire replaced and an old wood replacement at the toe. The Ketland lock appears to be original to the rifle and in original flintlock condition. An opportunity to own a singluar example of a Lancaster County smooth rifle. Pictured in Kauffman's book of the 1960"s
Available at $8,950.00
SOLD SOLD Unsigned Iron Mounted Flintlock Mountain Rifle, Tennessee or North Carolina, ca 1830
This rifle is an early example of a well made sturdy mountain rifle. Later examples from eastern Tennessee, North Carolina, and Kentucky had much thinner stocks with sharp architectural details. The gunsmith was proficient at forging a barrel and mounts. He purchased an imported flintlock which has never been converted to percussion. I believe the gunsmith was associated with the Beardens, Comptons, and Smiths around Lincoln County, Tennessee. The gunsmith was a master at wood and iron.
The tappered and flared rifled barrel is 46.5 inches long and has a large caliber. It is possible the rear ramrod pipe and first pipe are restored; the middle two exhibit much more wear. Walnut was used for stocking whith only minor restoration. it remains in nice old condition.
SOLD SOLD Unsigned Fancy Plains Rifle, Tennessee or Mississippi, ca 1850
This iron mounted plains rifle has superior construction, excellent condition, and is singular in design and execution of its decoration. Every element is hand made, hand decorated, with no signature. Decorative details include a series of punched circles forming borders and circular silver inserts amoungst the punchwork borders. The gunsmith worked in Nashville and later Memphis or south to Natchez. Taking a second look at the decoration you may notice a gambling or casino theme. According to family history the rifle was purchased in Memphis in the 1940's. Whatever this man's history he was a master gunsmith. The 38.5 inch .42 cal rifled barrel has a cast German silver patent breech.
A peep sight with a hooded front sight was added later. The cheekpiece inlay is unusual as is the decorative toeplate. Ther triggerguard is a masterpiece of ironwork including several circular inlays of silver amoungst his punchwork boder decoration. Only the most advanced blacksmith could fabricate this trigger guard ending in such a masterful volute. The collector who steps up to this rifle will appreciate and enjoy it; it is superb. email me for more pictures.
SOLD SOLD Signed "J Roop" Jacob Roop, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania ca 1810
Jacob Roop probably learned his trade in York from great master; possibly Samuel Grove. His signature during this earlier period is in script; it appears later in his carreer as small stamped block letters on the barrel. The 43 inch inch rifled barrel is the original length; about .45 cal. Beautiful curly maple of nice quality was used and there are no replacements; the surface has a glorious old patina. Of particular interest; the lock is marked "ROOP" made by Jacob and is original to the rifle. The patchbox is masterfully engraved as is the side plate. The rifle is in wonderful old condition with an in-period repair to a crack at the rear ramrod pipe; far exceeds the condition of most rifles of the period.