Unsigned Associated with Thomas Simpson, Middle Tennessee "The Cumberland" ca 1820
An extremely fine rifle by a yet unknown maker associated with Thomas Simpson. Inspired by earlier characteristics of Botetourt County, Virginia. The rifle is in excellent condition with old surfaces, superb curly maple, and no restoration. Converted to percussion the lock (marked W Timmons) is original to the rifle and held by one lockbolt. The 46.5 inch rifled barrel is .42 cal.
The butt stock is shaped with a deeply sculptured cheekpiece with a fine molding. Positioning of the rear ramrod pipe is several inches from the trigger guard; an unusual characteristic. Referred to as a "captured lid" patchbox the finial is quite similar to the 2 known Thomas Simpson rifles. Other gunsmiths of the region used the captured lid; a considerable improvement over the traditional patchbox lid style.
Few southern rifles exist in this remarkable condition. There is no wood replacements or restoration, and no restoration of any kind on the rifle.
Ex Coll. Brian Lamaster, Glen Sutt (photo credit Mark Elliott)
Available at $22,850.00