Signed “J Roop” Jacob Roop, Halifax, Dauphin County, PA, ca 1810 (Rifle) & 1820 (Fowler)
Jacob Roop was born in Paxtang Township, Lancaster (now Dauphin) County in 1779. He was located in Halifax from 1806 until he moved to Centre County in 1821. The rifle was made in Halifax; the fowler probably was too but could have been made in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa.
The patchbox on the rifle is the most successful style Jacob used. It appears on many of his rifles including one sold on this website a few years ago (listed under SOLD ITEMS). The original lid release mechanism failed and was replaced by mechanism of simpler design.
Both the fowler and the rifle have their original locks, both converted to percussion; the lockplate on the rifle is signed by Roop. Reconversion back to flintlock can be accomplished for about $1000 each.
Both examples have undisturbed finishes; the rifle having a heavy patina and very desirable color. The fowler has exquisite curly maple and a long slender architecture. Both barrels are original length; the fowler 46 inches and the rifle 43 inches. Neither example has any restoration; both are as found and in nice condition. The rifle shows lots of careful use and the fowler shows very little use.
The fowler is signed in block letters “J ROOP” and the rifle is signed in script which is an earlier detail. The fowler is quite rare. The rifle is above average quality compared to other rifles by him.
Sold Separately: FOWLER SOLD, Rifle SOLD
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