Signed "I ROOP" Jacob Roop, Halifax, Dauphin County, PA ca 1815
Jacob Roop worked as a gunsmith in Halifax, Dauphin County after learning his trade (possibly from Samuel Grove) in York, PA. Roop was a talented and prolific maker of kentucky rifles. This example far exceeds his usual work because it is relief carved; most of Jacobs work is plain with fine workmanship. Roop borrowed design elements (ie. relief carving design) from Leonard Reedy, a well known gunsmith from nearby Gratz.
Remaining in good condition it has crack in the forestock at the first drawloop, a weak spot on any Kentucky. The crack is stabilized by a spline inlaid inside the forestock, not visible on the outside. Small pieces of matching wood cover the crack. The .54 cal. barrel is 40.5 inches long; this rifle has never been shortened. It has an unaltered flintlock signed "W Ketland" that is original to the rifle.
The rifle has a pleasing surface. Golden Age relief carved rifles with little or no restoration command high prices; this rifle offers the collector the opportunity to own a nice rifle with nice artistic details in wonderful condition at a reasonable price. email me for more pictures.