ON SALE Signed "A Schweitzer" Chambersburg, PA ca 1830
This rifle is in "attic" condition as found with no restoration, a rarity among Kentucky rifles today. Abraham Schweitzer learned his trade and worked in Lancaster then moved to Chambersburg. He was a successful and highly artistic gunsmith during and after the Golden Age. This rifle exhibits his ability in engraving.
The lock is original to the rifle and has always been percussion. Beautiful curly maple is complemented by engraved silver inlays (many missing) and a beautifully engraved patchbox, side plate, and eagle cheek piece inlay. The 40 inch original length barrel is rifled; about .40 cal. The only wood replacement is a small piece added in period between the lock and barrel tang.
Available at $3,250.00 on sale $2450.00
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 $4950.00
Possibly George Grandstaff, Unsigned Shenandoah Valley Rifle, ca 1820
This rifle is in near perfect condition with no repairs, damage, losses, or replacements since its conversion to percussion; a rarity for any Kentucky rifle. As to a maker, there are details of a few southern gunsmiths worth noting. The patchbox finial and lid release is similar to those used by the Grandstaffs and Spitzers, starburst or sun ray engraving used by Jacob Young, and simple ringed cast brass ramrod pipes used by Scott in Floyd Co, Va. The barrel is 44.5 inches and has a large bore with an extended 2-screw engraved tang.
The gunsmith who made the rifle also converted the lock to percussion; he added some engraving to the lock in the same style. I have owned another rifle and a fowling piece by the same gunsmith; neither of which were signed. Beautiful curly maple is complemented by several engraved silver inlays and a beautifully engraved patchbox. Masterful engraving is present on most brass mounts, including trigger guard, butt plate, rear ramrod pipe, pierced 2-piece toe plate, and side plate. The design and execution of engraving elevate the rifle to an artistic level seen in very few Kentucky rifles.
Available at $6950.00
ON SALE Signed "S McCosh" Samuel McCosh Pittsburgh, PA ca 1825
Signed S McCosh in block letters. As found "attic condition" with no restoration. Original percussion lock. Typical openwork engraved patchbox, excellent curly maple stock, double set trigers added in period (trigger guard set back to accomodate them), S stampings between toe plate and trigger guard and at bottom of butt stock. All mounts are original, engraved silver cheeck piece inlay, silver thumbplate, 39 inch .40 cal rifled barrel. A wonderful signed rifle with old original surfaces.
Available at $3,250 sale $2450.00
Signed "J B" John Beeton, Lexington, VA ca 1840
This rifle is signed in block lettters J B probably for John Beeton who learned his trade in Auguta County, VA, lived near Mossy Creek furnace then around 1831 moved to Lexington, VA. The rifle has a wonderful 4-petal flower patchbox, a silver 8-point star in the rounded cheekpiece, and beautiful curly maple. The 40 inch .42 cal rifled barrel had a patent breech added during its period of use probably to ready it for confederate use in the Civil War. John's son John H Beeton was a member of the Stonewal Brigade and an armouer at VMI. A 2 inch sliver is missing near the fore end cap which is replaced.
Beeton is a rare and desirable maker in the Shenandoah Valley. This example has original surfaces, nice architecture, beautiful curly maple, and good condition.
Available at $2,650.00