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!
SOLD *** SOLD***Signed "A Kline" Andrew Kline, Dover Township, York County, PA ca 1815
A classic example of a York County rifle with excellent curly maple, masterful carving, a beautifully pierced and engraved patchbox. Andrew was the son of Conrad Kline who lived to be 97 years old and dies in Dover. Andrew's work is rare and sometimes confused with that of Andrew Klindinst also of York County. This example is signed in script "A Kline" on the .54 cal rifled barrel. The "handmade lock" is original to the rifle. The brass draw loops or barrel wedges have large eliptical heads giving the effect of decorative forestock inlays. The rear sight was repositioned toward the breech of the barrel probably at an early owners request who's vision was failing. Restoration on the rifle was done by excellent craftsmen.
Kline's ability as a gunsmith is easily seen in the carving, engraving, and intricate forestock molding on this rifle. This is an opportunity to own a rare and desirable York County rifle of high artistic quality which are difficult to find in this price range. This example was displayed in an exhibit and symposium on York rifles in Hellam, Pennsylvania in May 2018.
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. An early Gillespie is another possiblility as well. Whoever made it 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.
Available at $3,250.00
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.
Available at $2,950.00
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.
Available at $5,595.00