Signed "J Sheetz" Jacob Sheetz, Hampshire County, West Virginia, ca 1850
This is a pleasing rifle that was used very little and well cared for. The 36 inch .45 cal deeply rifled barrel is signed "J Sheetz" in script. Jacob was a master engraver as seen on the patchbox and side plate. He was precise with wood to metal fit and choose a magnificent piece of curly maple for the stock. There are details that are specific to Hampshire County such as the acorn finial patchbox, style of double set triggers, and butt stock architecture.
The condition of this rifle is excellent; it has never been cleaned, polished, sanded, damaged, or neglected. It has been protected from harmful storage conditions and remeains almost new. Jacob's Hampshire County work is rare and his earlier work in Charlestown is more difficult to find. For excellent information on this maker visit http://hampshirecountylongrifles.blogspot.com/search?q=jacob+sheetz this rifle is pictured and described there as well.
Available at $3,750.00
Signed "J Roop" Jacob Roop, Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania ca 1815
Jacob Roop's work is always appealing and well done. He probably learned his trade in York from a really great master; possibly Samuel Grove. His signature during this period appears as small stamped block letters on the barrel. He added many silver inlays on this rifle as well as a silver oval cheek piece inlay and silver thumb plate. The 41 & 1/2 inch rifled barrel is the original length. Curly maple of medium quality was used and there is no damage or replacements. Of particular interest; the lock is marked "Sweitzer" (a well know lock maker of the period), is original to the rifle, and in orignal flintlock condition (never converted to percussion). The patchbox is masterfully engraved as is the toe plate. The rifle is in as perfect condition as could be expected and far exceeds the condition of most; a safe investment.
Available at $6950.00
Signed "C & H" Clark & Hawken(?), West Virginia, ca 1815
This is a pleasing rifle that was converted to percussion. The 43.75 inch (original length) .45 cal rifled barrel is signed "C & H". As to the makers, there are details that relate to the Clark family and to the Hawkens. I have not found any partnership between any Clark family member with any Hawken family member but both families are known to have entered into partnerships with other gunsmiths. Decorative details can also be seen in rifles by McCamant of Wellsburg, WV.
The finely engraved patchbox, nicely filed trigger guard and ramrod pipes along with fine well designed incised carving give you an idea of the artistic ability of this partnership. The price is seemingly low because of restoration, although the artisitc details are original and undisturbed. The rifle suffered hard use.
Available at $2,450.00
Signed "T * Hefs" Thomas Hess, Allemeangel, Berks County, Pennsylvania ca 1825
Thomas Hess son of gunsmith Philip Hess made this fine rifle in the late flintlock period in the Allemeangel region. He used a variety of materials and techniques for decoration. Ebonized wood appears between the upper and lower plates of the patchbox and around the silver eagle inlay on the cheek piece. He used bone and mother of pearl inlays as well as silver. The rear ramrod pipe tail and fore end cap are both heavily faceted. A pierced toe plate, pierced side plate, and vent pick holder make this an especially decorative rifle unusual for this region.
The original length barrel is 43.5 inches having a deeply rifled .60 cal bore. The decorative side plate is cracked in 2 places and poorly restored. A small round wood plug near the toe is the only wood repair. Most of the original surface remains. This fully developed example of Thomas Hess' work is a rarity.
AVAILABLE at $6,850
ON HOLD ”A Angstadt” Adam Angstadt II Indiana ca 1840
A flawless example of Adam’s work in Indiana with a deeply engraved brass plate percussion lock, masterfully engraved and pierced brass patchbox, a brass under rib, checkered wrist, engraved oval cheekpiece inlay, and a 42 inch rifled barrel. A prize for any Indiana rifle collector. email me for more pictures.
MAKE AN OFFER Unsigned John Young jr, Possibly Samuel States, Easton, PA ca 1810
There were several members of the Young family who were gunsmiths in the and around Easton from the Revolution to the percussion period. Both father and son John and John Jr. died in 1813 as well as John's wife (John Jr's mother). Samuel States was associated with the Young family; a likely apprentice. This rifle is a long slender rifle in very good condition with minor restoration. The 44 inch .50 cal smoothbore barrel is its original length. The original sideplate has been extensivley repaired and comes with the rifle. The sideplate pictured is an accurate replacement. Engraving is sparse but includes 2 eagles on the decorative plate adjacent to the butt plate. A pleasing architecture, original sufaces, large pierced patchbox, and decorative brass work makes this a nice rifle for the collector.
available at $5,800 MAKE AN OFFER
RETURNED TO CONSIGNOR "N Beyer" Nicholas Beyer, Lebanon, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania ca 1800
Very little information is available for such a prolific and accomplished rifle maker. Beyer is listed in Lebanon Township, Lancaster County as a gunsmith in the years 1807 & 1810. He most certainly learned his trade from John Phillip Beck. This example has exceedingly nice curly maple with slight losses along the fore end. The octagon to round smoothbore barrel is 45 & 1/2 inches long and has never been shortened. The flintlock may be original to the rifle. The stock was broken through the wrist and repaired with a metal wrap which was commonly done and usually by a gunsmith. Relief carving is well executed behind and in front of the cheek piece and behind the barrel tang. The surface is original with little build up of patina.
RETURNED TO CONSIGNOR
MAKE AN OFFER Unsigned Henry Koons, Double Pipe Creek, Frederick County, MD ca 1810
Very little information is available for Henry Koons. Apparently he apprenticed with George Schroyer in Hanover, PA. Only a couple of details Koons frequently used differentiate this fowler from Schroyers work. The side plate is used almost exclucivley by Koons as well as the carving design behind the barrel tang. The octagon to round smoothbore barrel is 46 & 1/2 inches long and has never been shortened. The flintlock is original to the rifle. The stock has no losses or repairs and retains all its original finish and patina. Relief carving appears behind the barrel tang, around the rear ramrod pipe, and at the wrist.
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PRICE REDUCED Unsigned Gentleman's Target Rifle, Tennessee or Mississippi, ca 1850
This iron mounted target 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. I believe this gunsmith trained under one of the masters of The Cumberland, the area of central Tennessee and southern Kentucky. He probably moved west to 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 & 1/2 inch .42 cal rifled barrel has a cast German silver patent breech with a decorative adjustable rear sight.
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 $3,250.00 REDUCED TO $2950.00