Signed “ Hennery Noll” Henry Noll, Franklin County, Pennsylvania Ca 1815
Henry Noll was the son of the great rifle maker John Noll. Henry learned his trade from and worked with his father in Franklin County, PA in the early 1800’s. A few examples of Henry’s work (and John’s) show a joint effort between father and son. This example shows the decorative elements are by John’s hand.
The architecture is typical of a fowling piece using the fowler trigger guard, rounded toe, and octagon to round barrel. However, the 44 & ½ inch barrel is rifled with strait rifling grooves. The initials “H N” and a dagger are stamped at the breech of the barrel in the manner of his father. Flintlocks in their original condition (unchanged to percussion) are rare; this one is unaltered, original to the rifle, and of the handmade style.
Excellent forestock molding continues from the rear ramrod pipe terminating nicely near the fore end cap. The only restoration seen on this rifle appears around the barrel pins. All metal mounts are original and in good condition. The side plate and relief carving can be attributed to John.
Nice curly maple was used for stocking and shows little wear and original surfaces with nice color. This is a fine example of Henry Noll’s work in wonderful condition and no significant restoration.