3 Signed West Virginia Made Rifles, ca 1835 to 1850
Top to bottom the first is a rare rifle signed John G Brant who worked in Elk Garden, now Mineral County. The rifle, ca 1835, has an engraved cast brass patchbox, several silver inlays, and a distinctive curly maple stock. The original length 39 inch rifled barrel is about .36 cal. There was a John Brant working in Funkstown, MD who may have been John G Brant's father.
Second is signed E E for Ezra Engle who worked in Tyler County, WV from the 1840's until his death. This light weight slender rifle shows western Pennsylvania influence; Ezra worked in Greene County, Pa before moving to West Virginia. The 36 1/2 inch rifled .36 cal barrel has some decorative engraving around his initials. A nicely engraved brass patchbox is reminiscent of the western PA style. Beautiful curly maple stock has several silver inlays.
Third is a wonderful rifle signed JWR for John W Rinehart a brother of James Rinehart, both of whom worked in the Capon Bridge area of Hampshire County. This rifle is in remarkable condition with no restoration, repairs, or major damage. The original length 40 1/2 inch rifled barrel is about .45 Cal. The surface is superb with all its original patina. Though not highly decorated it is a very pleasing rifle.
Jon G Brant $3250, Ezra Engle $3250, John W Rinehart $1950 consignments
Signed EPW Evan P Ward, Capon Bridge, Hampshire County, WV ca 1850
Here is a nice Hampshire County rifle with an engraved acorn finial patchbox, engraved capbox, and maple stock. No restoration or replacements. The rifled barrel is 40 inches long and about .45 cal. Nice condition.
Available at $2650