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KENTUCKY RIFLES FOR SALE ON CONSIGNMENT

The rifles on this page are owned by others who wish to sell through this website. They will be reasonably priced and accurately described. All sales are final with no trade-ins, refunds, or exchanges. Additional pictures and more detailed descriptions are available. These rifles range in price depending on condition and desireablilty as do all rifles on this website. Consignments offer collectors more opportunities at lower prices.

Feel free to make serious offers!


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 $4950


Signed "G B" Uknown, Botetourt or Rockbridge County, VA ca 1810

There are 3 rifles signed similarly with stamped initials " G B" all from the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. To date no one has definitively attributed these rifles, however, the name George Bean has been put forth by the owner of one of these 3. George Bean died in Franklin Co, TN in 1818. This rifle relates to others from Botetourt/Rockbridge County area, ie. John Wilson, J Crider, John Davidson, and the early "J C" rifle. Common details of the GB rifle as it relates to these others makers are a faceted comb, a silver inlay above the patchbox finial, draw loops the head ofwhich appears as a forestock escucheon, the patchbox plates extend beyond the edge of the butt plate, and a triangular butt stock architecture. This is a fine, well-made rifle of the South.

The rifle has been converted to percussion using the original lock and having a patent breech added to the barrel rather than the usual drum and nipple. This is the only change made to this well-used but well cared-for rifle. The rifled barrel is 43.5 inches and about .40 cal. The patchbox lid release is a button located on the upper plate of the patchbox like rifles of a similar period in North Carolina. The condition and rarity of this example will insure its value.

Available at $19,950.00

Thanks to Wallace Gusler for research on the GB rifle group


Signed "J Sheets" John Sheets, Staunton, VA ca 1800

John Sheets is one of the Shenadoah Valley's greatest gunsmiths. He worked with Simon Lauck in Winchester in the mid 1790's; then moved and set up shop in Staunton, VA before 1800. He trained his son Henry who's ability nearly matched his father's. A masterpeice by John was made for an Englishman who brought it back to England. It was sold to Colonial Willimasburg some years ago and is on display there.

The rifle exhibits his typical work with some extras. An interesting engraved brass inlay covers a knot in the wood at the butt plate. Rather than scrapping the stock for this imperfection he chose to cover it with an inlay. The tapered and flared barrel is 42 inches long (it's original length), rifled, and about .45 cal. It has a wide rear sight and a bone front site; both are typical of the Grandstaffs work in Shenandaoh county. The lock is unquestionably orginal to the rifle and retains its original lock bolts. Some of the forestock has been accurately restored, and most likely the fore end cap is replaced. This is one of John's earliest examples that has been well used, well cared for, and nicely decorated.

Available at $13,950.00


Signed "G Slaysman" George Slaysman, Mifflin County, PA ca 1820

A highly artistic gunsmith, George Slaysman worked in Mifflin County in his early years. He moved to Huntingdon and then to Jefferson County, PA where he died in 1862 at age 80.

The rifle exhibits a wonderful array of artisitc ability. The patchbox is beautifully designed and engraved as is the eagle cheekpiece inlay. His carving behind the cheekpiece is well designed and executed. The toe plate is extraordinary and well done. The lock is signed in script "G Slaysman" as is the barrel which is restored to 43.75 inches. This decorative rifle has been well taken care of and professionally restored with all the important artistic components intact. This is a pleasing rifle by a rare and esteemed maker; slightly later than the other Slaysman on this consignment page and far less costly.

Available at $7,950.00


Unsigned Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania ca 1790

A long slender flintlock Kentucky rifle of modest decoration in nice old condition. Made by an unknown gunsmith working in Berks County, Pensylvania or possibly New York. Where or by whom it was made it is an outstanding example of late 18th century work. The smoothbore barrel is 49 inches long, it's original length. The curly maple is exquisite, the surface is original and quite appealing. Releif carving surrounds the barrel tang as well as around the pointed tail rear ramrod pipe. Incised carving appears behind the cheekpiece. The rifle was found without a lock or sideplate both ofwhich are excellent replacements.

Of intrerest is the stock was not large enough or long enough to make the rifle. The gunsmith glued a piece onto the buttstock where the butt plate meets the toe plate; and a piece of forestock toward the fore end cap is original and unrestored. Thickness of the butt stock assures the collector of 18th century production. This is a beautiful long slender rifle with an unusual patchbox (possibly associated with the Henry family), old surfaces, and outstanding curly maple.

RETURNED TO CONSIGNOR


Unsigned John Wilson Associated, Botetourt Co, VA or Middle Tennessee (The Cumberland) ca 1820

A long slender flintlock Kentucky rifle of modest decoration in excellent condition. Made by a yet unknown gunsmith working in Botetourt County, VA or Central Tennessee (The Cumberland). Identifiable by its faceted comb, diamond shape lock bolt plate, long 2-screw barrel tang, simple lower butt mold, and deeply sculpted cheek piece. The flintlock is in unaltered condition.

Acquired from the family in Kentucky by Shelby Gallien and pictured in his book, he attributes it to Scott County Kentucky, north of Lexington. The .42 cal rifled barrel is 46.5 inchges long, it's original length. The stock retains its original surfaces. All brass mounts are original. Attribues are pleasing architecture, desirable condition, and unembellished simplicity.

Available at $8,450.00

Photo Credit Mark Elliot


Unsigned John Gonter, Columbia, Lancaster County or Berks County, PA ca 1820

A superb example of another artisitc creation by the talented gunsmith John Gonter. On this well executed rifle he used a lock made by D Dana of Canton, Mass. (It is possible that Dana made the rifle as some details point to New England manufacture ie. decorative cross hatching at wrist and incised carving on fore arm). Other examples of Gonter's work include the slight Roman nose architecture, lid release under the toe plate, rounded back sideplate, and diminishing arched gouges at C scrolls in the carving.

The relief carving is exceptional in design and execution. An interesting inlay resembling a saw blade under the cheekpiece may indicate its original owner was a sawyer. The rifled 45 cal barrel is now 45 inches long. Some wood resoration along the fore arm and forestock; the fore end cap is original. All brass mounts are original as is the lock, though perfectly reconverted.

RETURNED TO CONSIGNOR


Unsigned Isaac Ribelin, Morgan Township, Rowan County, North Carolina, ca 1825

Rifles by Isaac Ribelin are rare and highly sought after. He worked in Rowan County, North Carolina during the second quarter of the 19th century. Famous for the "Christmas Tree" patchbox, a long slender form with horns ending in a tapered tip, deeply sculpted cheekpiece, and well-formed molding around the trigger guard.

The rifle exhibits a wonderful array of artisitc ability. The patchbox is nicely engraved as is the cheekpiece inlay, thumb plate, and sideplate. His carved moldings around the trigger guard, comb, and lock mortice are well done. Ribelin's work is unique and recognizable. Though highly restored this rifle offers the North Carolina rifle collector an oppotunity to own the essential aspects of Ribelin's work at an affordable price. Restoration details will be discussed with those who are seriously interested.

Available at $12,500.00


Signed "H * S" Henry Spitzer, New Market, Virginia ca 1815

Possibly the best example of a signed Henry Spitzer rifle known to date. The Spitzer family has a long and important history in Shenadoah County beginning when Henry moved to New Market in the spring of 1795. He moved from the Forks of the James area of Rockbridge county, VA where he likely learned the trade.

The rifle exhibits a wonderful display of artisitc ability. The patchbox is beautifully designed and engraved with rococo and floral motifs as well as sad faces on either side of the lid hinge. Incise carving, silver inlays, silver wire, and engraving are all used to effectively decorate this rifle. Because of the few signed examples of Henry's work, a number of his pieces are attributable. The rifled barrel is 44.5 inches about .45 cal and signed in engraved block letters "H * S". A very fine and desirable rifle in great condition.

Available at $29,500.00

Photo Credit Mark Elliot


Signed "G Slaysman" George Slaysman, Mifflin County, PA ca 1820

A highly artistic gunsmith, George Slaysman worked in Mifflin County in his early years. He moved to Huntingdon and then to Jefferson County, PA where he died in 1862 at age 80. He may have apprenticed to Andrew Kopp; his early rifles appear to exhibit some Emmistburg influence.

The rifle exhibits a wonderful array of artisitc ability. The patchbox is wonderfully designed and engraved as are the cheekpiece inlays. His carved checkering on the wrist is well designed and executed. And, the glorious chip-carved eagle behind the cheekpiece is both singular and superb. The 41 inch .50 cal barrel is signed in script " G Slaysman". The stock is of good quality curly maple and has one minor repair at the toe where there are cracks in the original wood, which should be repaired more professionally. This is a pleasing rifle by a rare and esteemed maker.

Available at $17,500.00


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