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 in script J Roop, Halifax, Dauphin County, PA ca 1810
Jacob Roop was born in Paxtang Township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) County in 1779. He was located in Halifax from 1806 until he moved to Centre County in 1821.
The patchbox on the rifle is the most successful style Jacob used. It appears on many of his rifles including one sold on this website a few years ago (listed under SOLD ITEMS near the bottom). This example has superb grain curly maple with a nice old patina. The lock was made and signed by Roop and was converted to percussion in the 1830's. The 43 inch rifled barrel is the original length. This is a nice rifle showing much use. I recently took it back in trade ; it is pictured and described under SOLD ITEMS along with a Roop fowler.
Available at $4,950.00
Unsigned Frederic Zorger, York, Pennsylvania ca 1800
Frederick Zorger was born in 1767 and worked in York as a gunsmmith from the time of the Revolution till the 1820's. This example has charachteristics of many of his rifles including the patchbox and engraving design, the sideplate, tappered tang of the rear ramrod pipe, and general architecture. This example is stocked in walnut which is more common in the York area than in most Pennsylvania schools. The beautifully engraved patchbox has his typical cockscomb finial with typical upper and lower plates. A silver 8 point star is inlaid into the cheekpiece.
An unusually large hole is present in front of the toe plate which was done in the period. At times you'll see a smaller hole in this area (not referring to a touch hole) that had spiritual connotations. A support bracket of some sort may have been designed for the owner which was inserted into the hole to stabilize the rifle. Though an interesting and original hole restoration could easily be done. Restoration to the forestock is nearly invisible. The barrel is 44 inches long with a large bore. This is a pleasing and artistic rifle in restored condition at an excellent price.
available at $3,450