Pennsylvania, Virginia, & West Virginia rifles. More photos available
Signed "D * B" Daniel Boyer Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania ca 1830. Daniel Boyer made rifles for many years from decorative to plain examples. He also made swivel breech rifles. This example is above average and in wonderful original condition. The lock is original to the rifle. The barrel is 39 inches long (original length) and about .50 cal. There are no wood replacements on the rifle and 1 small piece missing in front of the lock. The stock has decent curly maple with an old original surface.
The rifle remains in fine original condition with no restoration and has a pleasing architecture of the Berks County Roman nose style. Available at $2,450.00
Unsigned flintlock rifle from Rockbridge County, Virginia, ca 1825. A small group of rifles relating to this present example (and an example listed under "Sold Items" on this website) have checkered wrists, openwork sideplates, low-combed architecture, and patchbox lids that do not overlap the butt plate. The rifle has its orignal lock in unalterd flintlock condition, a 42 inch rifled barrel, simple incised carving, plain maple stock with a repair in front of the lock. All mounts are original. A southern rarity. Available at $3,450.00
Signed "John Derr" Oley Valley, Berks County, PA ca 1820. John Derr made rifles for many years from decorative to plain examples. This example is above average and in wonderful original condition. The lock is original to the rifle and is in unaltered flintlock condition. More rifles from this area remain in original flintlock condition than any other area of Kentucky rifle making. The barrel is 43 inches long (original length) and about .60 cal. It appears to have been left in the white and some pitting occurred. There are minor losses along the forestock. The stock has attractive wide and bold curly maple with an original but thin finish.
The rifle remains in fine original condition with no restoration and has a pleasing architecture similar to rifles by Mauger who trained Derr. Available at $2,950.00
Unsigned Angstadt Family, Berks County, Pennsylvania ca 1815. Several details on this rifle pointing to the Angstadt family. The lock is original to the rifle. There are no wood replacements or wood losses to the maple stock. The rifled barrel is 43.5 inchs long about .54 cal and decorated with engraving at the front and rear sights. It appears the rifle was made to shoot in recent years. Available at $2,650.00
Signed "A B Smith" on a brass plate; Abias Butler Smith, Clinton, Findlay Township, Allegheny Co. PA ca 1840. An extremely well-made rifle with excellent originality, beautiful curly maple, masterfully engraved patchbox & sideplate, 44.5 inch rifled barrel, with norestoration and a wonderful old surface. Available at $5,900.00
Signed "J Alb" Jacob Albright Jr. (1803-1884) Centre County, PA. This is a masterpiece of early American art in that the carved eagle is singular and spectacular. However, the rifle is professionally restored; details available upon request. Available at $19,500.00
Signed "J Young" Joe Young, Wetzel County, West Virginia ca 1870. This example is in nice condition with an old black finish. Several brass inlays appear on the stock as well as a silver star in the cheek piece. The rifled barrel is 39.5 inches and about .45 cal. There is no restoration on the rifle and it is all original. A copper plate was added around the nipple. Available at $2,350.00