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 "W & D" or "W E D", Botetourt County, Virginia ca 1825
Attribution of this rifle to Botetourt County is based on architecture, the curved cheek piece, the curved bottom patchbox recess, and distinctive trigger guard. Possible attribution to one of the Wilson or Davidson familes is a valid research project. The condition of the rifle is excellent including an unaltered flintlock which is original to the rifle.
This rifle has superb grain curly maple with a nice old patina with no wood or metal replacements. The .50 cal rifled barrel is 43.5 inches long and retains much of the original charcoal bluing surface. Email me of other photos.
Available at $4,550.00
ON HOLD Signed "D COOLEY" Adams County, Pennsylvania ca 1830
David Cooley worked in Adams County and may have learned his trade from Andrew Kopp though his style seems at home in Franklin County. His ability as an engraver is notable as well as his precision in stocking and metal mounts. This example is a plainer and less expensive version of his capabilities, however it is in excellent condition with absolutely no apologies. The .40 cal barrel is 40 inches long. The patchbox, sideplate, and toe plate are beautifully engraved and the wood to metal fit overall is near perfect.
Average curly maple was used with 2 silver inlays. The rifle has never been cleaned, polished, or misused retaining a wonderful overall surface. More photos available.
Signed SOLD>>>SOLD"T Medbery" New Berlin, Chenango County, New York, ca 1815
Thomas Medbery signed this fine profusely carved smooth rifle both on the lock and on a brass plate inlet into the barrel. He worked in the Mohawk Valley of New York state as did many fine gunsmiths. This .60 cal. smoothbore octagon to round barrel is 48 inches long and was not cut back when it was converted to percussion. It retains a glorious old surface, no wood loss or replacements, or severe damage. Silver inlays protect drawloops along the forestock with broken forestock molding. There is no restoration on the rifle with a couple silver inlays missing.
Excellent incised carving appears seemingly everywhere and is well designed and executed. Other than a couple cracks along the forestock it is in excellent condition.
PRICE REDUCED 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 $5,450.00 PRICE REDUCED TO $4250.00 TILL NOVEMBER 1, 2017
Signed SOLD SOLD"S Pannabecker" Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, PA ca 1825
A diminutive rifle, this rare example of Pennabecker's work is very neatly done with excellent curly maple, incised and relief carving, and pleasing architecture. Minor restoration includes missing wood at rear and possibly forward of the lock, an accurate reconversion, and possibly replaced fore end cap. The rifle is pictured and described on RevWarArms.com website. A rare signed truely diminutive rifle with excellent artistic details