Signed "J W R" John W Rinehart, Hampshire County, West Virginia ca 1840
John worked in Hampshire County along with his relative Jame Rinehart; they made many rifles. They both moved from the area in the 1850's. This example is John's typical production with the acorn finial patchbox, typical set triggers, stock architecture, and side plate. It could use some attention as it is bleached or it can be enjoyed as is. The rifled barrel is 37 inches long about .40 cal and signed J W R in script on the barrel near the breech.
available at $1950.00
Unsigned Berks County, Pennsylvania ca 1840
Many characteristics of this rifle relate to rifles from Berks County, Pennsylvania and areas east of Berks County. The patchbox finial realtes to the Moll family of gunsmiths. The 38.5 inch barrel is about .50 cal.
Though broken through the wrist the rifle was repaired using wood screws; the heads were filled with putty the looks ofwhich could be improved. All mounts are original and have wigglework engraving. The stock has nice curl to it. It has it's original candy striped ramrod. The rifle is decorative and with a little attention to the finish could show nicely.
available at $950.00
Signed "H Shultz" Henry Shultz, Lebanon County, PA ca 1840
This long slender rifle has some nice details including beautiful curly maple, incised carving, a nice open work patchbox, and a good strong signature. Henry Shultz worked in Richland Township, Lebanon County in the percusson period. The barrel is rifled about .40 cal and is its original length. The lock is a period replacement and should be replaced with a more slender example. The forestock has losses on both sides of the barrel and has lost it's fore end cap. This is an attractive carved rifle with or without restoration.
Available at $1950.00 (consignment)
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