Signed "G K" George Kimble, Upper Tract, Grant (now Pendleton) County, West Virginia
This wonderful rifle is signed G K possibly for George Kimble. Kimble probably trained in Hampshire County since the rifle closely resembles those of that area. Unusual details include the vine and leaf inlay sprouting from the acorn finial patchbox, the carved motif behind the cheekpiece, and the mother-of-pearl inlay on the cheekpiece.
George Kimble worked rather late in the period but retained the characteristics of earlier rifles from Hampshire County. An attractive old finish hides much of the beautiful grain of the curly maple stock. The 37 inch .38 cal barrel is rifled. Strips of wood are missing along fore arm. Appears that no restoration has been done on the rifle.
Available at $2250
ON HOLD Signed "Joseph Carper" in Script, Reliegh County, West Virginia ca 1850
Joseph Carper liked to find and use birdseye and extravagant grained maple for his stocks. This one is exquisite. He engraved the barrel, trigger guard, butt plate, and rear ramrod pipe which are unusual mounts to engrave. Of course he engraved the rest of the mounts as well. The .38 cal rifled barrel is 40 inches long and is signed in beautiful deep script "Joseph Carper". The condition is near perfect lending to the fact that birdseye maple is very hard and durable.
The workmanship is excellent in every way. If you need a West Virginia rifle for your collection this is a beauty.
ON HOLD Consignment
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.
John Brant SOLD, Ezra Engle $3250, John W Rinehart SOLD 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. Small strip of wood replaced near fore end cap. The rifled barrel is 40 inches long and about .45 cal. Nice condition with wonderful old surfaces.
Available at $2250