Signed, “J.S.Senseny”, Jeremiah Senseny, Chambersburg, pa ca 1840
Jeremiah Senseny was contemporary with J H Johnston and Samuel Shillito all in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Their work is similar and of the same artistic quality. Jeremiah was born in 1821. This rifle has many interesting details for a late rifle. The forestock molding is interrupted between the silver escutcheons, an iron tip is dovetailed into the butt plate, and the signature on the barrel is enhanced with flourishes of floral engraving. The 40 inch rifled .38 cal barrel is the original length determined by removal. Pins are located behind the escutcheons and iron hooks on the underside of the barrel secure the stock. To remove the barrel it must be slid forward to disengage the pins. The condition of the rifle is amazing; no restoration, no replacements, and retains an original uncleaned surface. Typical areas of burn nearest the drum & nipple are the only evidence of use. The wood above the rear sideplate bolt is cracked probably due to overtightening of that screw. This is a nice rifle from the Cumberland Valley representing fine artistic details and craftsmanship.
Available at $4,650.00 (Consignment)