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!
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